This section provides information about options for installing and starting the Open edX platform. There is one production-like installation option, referred to as Native, and a pair of development environment installation options which install the Open edX software using Docker.
These installation options require an understanding of the following items.
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.
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.
You can install the Open edX developer stack (just known as Devstack) or the Open edX analytics developer stack (Analytics Devstack).
To run either Devstack or Analytics Devstack, see the devstack repository.
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. 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 Devstack. This development environment provides all of the services and tools needed to modify the Open edX Analytics Pipeline, Data API, and Insights projects.
See the devstack repository for information on running Analytics Devstack.