Setting up your development environment


These directions may be out of date! This page needs to be consolidated with the Getting Started page on our wiki.

Running directly from source

KA Lite can also be run as a “source distribution” for development purposes. By this, we just mean a git checkout (from our github).


Running directly from source will also maintain all user data in that same directory! This is convenient for having several versions of kalite with different data on the same computer.

If you are able to use pip and install conventional python packages from an online source, then the quickest option to install the latest stable release of KA Lite is pip install ka-lite` or `pip install ka-lite-static.

Static vs. Dynamic version

Apart from Python itself, KA Lite depends on a couple of python applications, mainly from the Django ecology. These applications can be installed in two ways:

  • Dynamic: That means that they are automatically installed through
    PIP as a separate software package accessible to your whole system. This is recommended if you run KA Lite and have internet access while installing and updating.
  • Static: Static means that KA Lite is installed with all the external
    applications bundled in. Use this method if you need to have KA Lite installed from offline media or if KA Lite’s dependencies are in conflict with the system that you install upon.


You can install KA Lite in its very own separate environment that does not interfere with other Python software on your machine like this:

$> pip install virtualenv virtualenvwrapper
$> mkvirtualenv my-kalite-env
$> workon my-kalite-env
$> pip install ka-lite