Installation prerequisites

Kedro supports macOS, Linux and Windows (7 / 8 / 10 and Windows Server 2016+). If you encounter any problems on these platforms, please check the FAQ, and / or the Kedro community support on Stack Overflow.

macOS / Linux

In order to work effectively with Kedro projects, we highly recommend you download and install Anaconda (Python 3.x version) and Java (if using PySpark).

Working with virtual environments

The main purpose of Python virtual environments is to create an isolated environment for Python projects. This means that each project can have its own dependencies, regardless of what dependencies every other project has. Read more about Python Virtual Environments here.

Follow the instructions that best suit your Python installation preference from below:

  • conda environment with Python 3.7
  • venv or pipenv used when you prefer not to use conda and instead use your global Python interpreter.


Follow this guide to install conda on your computer. Once it’s done, you can create a new Python virtual environment using conda:

conda create --name kedro-environment python=3.7 -y

This will create an isolated Python 3.7 environment. To activate it:

conda activate kedro-environment

To exit the environment:

conda deactivate kedro-environment
Note: Unlike venv or pipenv, conda virtual environment is not dependent on your current working directory and can be activated from anywhere.

venv (instead of conda)

If you are using Python 3, then you should already have the venv module installed with the standard library. However, for completeness you can install venv:

pip install virtualenv

Create a directory for your virtual environment:

mkdir kedro-environment && cd kedro-environment

This will create a kedro-environment directory in your current working directory. Then you should create a new virtual environment in this directory by running:

python -m venv env/kedro-environment  # macOS / Linux
python -m venv env\kedro-environment  # Windows

We can activate this virtual environment with:

source env/kedro-environment/bin/activate # macOS / Linux
.\env\kedro-environment\Scripts\activate  # Windows

To exit the environment:


pipenv (instead of conda)

You will need to install pipenv with:

pip install pipenv

Then create a directory for the virtual environment and change to this working directory:

mkdir kedro-environment && cd kedro-environment

Once all the dependencies are installed you can run pipenv shell which will start a session with the correct virtual environment activated.

To exit the shell session: