Before you install, see the System Prerequisites guide to make sure you have all required system packages installed.
Install with pip¶
To install the Girder distribution from the python package index, simply run
pip install girder
This will install the core Girder server as a site package in your system or virtual environment. At this point, you might want to check the configuration to change your plugin and logging paths. In order to use the web interface, you must also install the web client libraries. Girder installs a python script that will automatically build and install these libraries for you. Just run the following command:
Installing the web client code requires the node package manager (npm). See the System Prerequisites section for instructions on installing nodejs.
If you installed Girder into your system
site-packages, you may
need to run the above commands as root.
Once this is done, you are ready to start using Girder as described in this section: Run.
Install from Git Checkout¶
Obtain the Girder source code by cloning the Git repository on GitHub:
git clone https://github.com/girder/girder.git cd girder
To run the server, you must install some external Python package dependencies:
pip install -r requirements.txt
To build the client-side code project, cd into the root of the repository and run:
To run the server, first make sure the Mongo daemon is running. To manually start it, run:
If you installed with pip, you will have the
girder-server executable on your
path and can simply call
- or -
If you checked out the source tree, you can start the server with the following command, which will have identical behavior:
python -m girder
Then open http://localhost:8080/ in your web browser, and you should see the application.
The first user to be created in the system is automatically given admin permission
over the instance, so the first thing you should do after starting your instance for
the first time is to register a user. After that succeeds, you should see a link
appear in the navigation bar that says
The next recommended action is to enable any plugins you want to run on your server.
Admin console navigation link, then click
Plugins. Here, you
can turn plugins on or off. Whenever you change the set of plugins that are
enabled, you must restart the CherryPy server for
the change to take effect. For information about specific plugins, see the
After you have enabled any desired plugins and restarted the server, the next
recommended action is to create an
Assetstore for your system. No users
can upload data to the system until an assetstore is created, since all files
in Girder must reside within an assetstore. See the Assetstores section
for a brief overview of
Installing third-party plugins¶
Girder ships with a standard library of plugins that can be enabled in the admin console, but it’s common for Girder installations to require additional third-party plugins to be installed. If you’re using a pip installed version of Girder, you can simply use the following command:
girder-install plugin /path/to/your/plugin
That command will expose the plugin to Girder and build any web client targets associated with the plugin. You will still need to enable it in the console and then restart the Girder server before it will be active.
girder-install plugin command can also accept a list of plugins
to be installed. You may need to run it as root if you installed Girder at the
For development purposes it is possible to symlink (rather than copy) the plugin
directory. This is accomplished with the
girder-install -s plugin /path/to/your/plugin
Enabled plugins installed with
-s may be edited in place and those changes will
be reflected after a server restart.