Be sure to check out the quickstart tutorial after installing Orchest.

Orchest can be run on Linux, macOS and Windows (using the exact same steps!).


If you do not yet have Docker installed, please visit


On Windows, Docker has to be configured to use WSL 2. Make sure to clone Orchest inside the Linux environment and run Orchest CLI commands inside a WSL terminal. For more info and installation steps for Docker with WSL 2 backend, please visit

Linux, macOS and Windows

Simply follow the steps below to install Orchest or signup for the free-of-charge Orchest Cloud and get a fully configured Orchest instance out of the box!

git clone && cd orchest
./orchest install

# Start Orchest.
./orchest start

Now that you have installed Orchest, get started with the quickstart tutorial.


For Linux/WSL 2 users, please take the following into account regarding the Docker networking configuration.

Docker has some network interruption issues, if you’re connecting to Orchest from the same machine on which you’re running it (e.g. using localhost) it’s recommended to disable IPv6 networking.

It’s recommended to disable IPv6 at the kernel level using a boot directive like ipv6.disable=1. This article describes how to do that for Ubuntu Linux.


By default, running ./orchest install, installs only the language dependencies for Python. Other language dependencies can be installed as follows:

# To install R dependencies.
./orchest install --lang=r

# To install all languages: Python, R and Julia.
./orchest install --lang=all

# Check out all available options.
./orchest install --help


Add Orchest to your PATH to gain the ability to invoke the orchest script from anywhere, e.g. from your home directory: orchest status. Depending on your shell add export PATH="$HOME/<orchest-install-directory-path>:$PATH" to the corresponding .profile file. You need to logout and login again for the changes to take effect.

Build from source

You can expect the build to finish in roughly 15 minutes.

git clone && cd orchest

# Check out the version you would like to build.
git checkout v2021.05.0

# Build Orchest's Docker containers from source (in parallel).

# Finish the Orchest installation by pulling additionally required
# images, e.g. postgres, and installing the Orchest Docker network.
./orchest install

# Start Orchest.
./orchest start


We recommend building a tagged commit indicating a stable release. Sadly, releases before v2021.05.0 can not be build due to a dependency mismatch.

GPU support


Make sure you have installed our GPU images for the programming language you want to use. For example:

# Install the image with GPU passthrough for Python.
./orchest install --lang=python --gpu

Linux (supported)

For GPU images the host on which Orchest is running is required to have a GPU driver that is compatible with the CUDA version installed in the image. Compatible version pairs can be found here.

The GPU supported image orchest/base-kernel-py-gpu includes CUDA Toolkit 10.1. Which requires the NVIDIA driver on the host to be >= 418.39.

To find out which version of the NVIDIA driver you have installed on your host run nvidia-smi.

nvidia-smi is also available from within the GPU enabled image. Please note that when run from within the container it reports the CUDA Toolkit version installed on the host. To find out the CUDA Toolkit version installed in the container image run cat /usr/local/cuda/version.txt.

Additionally, we require the nvidia-container package to make sure Docker is able to provide GPU enabled containers. Installation of the nvidia-container is done using apt install nvidia-container-runtime.

See also

Docker GPU documentation

Most up to date instructions on installing Docker with NVIDIA GPU passthrough support.

Windows WSL 2 (supported)

For WSL 2 follow the CUDA on WSL User Guide provided by NVIDIA.

Please note that the “Docker Desktop WSL 2 backend” (meaning, you’ve installed Docker not directly in the WSL 2 environment but on the Windows host itself) does not support CUDA yet.

macOS (not supported)

Unfortunately, nvidia-docker does not support GPU enabled images on macOS (see FAQ on nvidia-docker).

Run Orchest on the cloud

Running Orchest on a cloud hosted VM (such as EC2) does not require a special installation. Simply follow the regular installation process.

To enable SSL you first need to get the SSL certificates for your domain and put the certificates in the correct place so that Orchest recognizes them. Luckily, this can all be done using: scripts/ <domain> <email>. For the changes to take effect you need to start Orchest on port 80 (as otherwise the default port 8000 is used):

./orchest start --port=80


Refer to the authentication section to enable the authentication server, giving you a login screen requiring a username and password before you can access Orchest.