This section describes Open edX installation options and the components that each option includes. There are two development environment installation options, which install the Open edX software using Docker. If you prefer, you can install into an Ubuntu machine of your own using the Native installation.
You can install the Open edX developer stack (Devstack) or the Open edX analytics developer stack (Analytics Devstack).
You can run Devstack or Analytics Devstack on Linux or macOS. See the Docker downloads page for information about the operating systems and architectures on which you can run Docker.
Devstack using Docker for Windows has not been tested and it is not supported.
Devstack is a deployment of the Open edX platform within a set of Docker containers designed for local development. Running the Open edX platform locally allows you to discover and fix system configuration issues early in development.
Because of the large number of dependencies needed to develop extensions to Open edX Insights, a separate development environment is available to support Analytics development. For more information, see Installing and Starting Analytics Devstack.
For more information about Docker, see the Docker documentation.
Some users might want to develop Analytics features on their instance of the Open edX platform. Because of the large number of dependencies needed to develop extensions to Analytics, edX has created a separate developer stack, known as Analytics Devstack. We strongly recommend that you install the Analytics Devstack instead of adding Analytics extensions to an instance of devstack.
Analytics Devstack is a modified version of the Open edX developer stack. This development environment provides all of the services and tools needed to modify the Open edX Analytics Pipeline, Data API, and Insights projects.
The Native installation installs the Open edX software on your own Ubuntu 16.04 machine in a production-like configuration. Details are at the Open edX Native Installation page on the edX wiki.
A Devstack installation includes the following Open edX components:
Analytics Devstack also includes the following Open edX components: