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Intended audience

The guide is intended for system administrators and developers who want to try, customize or develop with InvenioRDM on their local machine.


This guide covers how to install InvenioRDM locally on your machine, how to set up and configure your system for InvenioRDM.

Quick start

1. Install CLI tool

Install the InvenioRDM CLI tool (see reference), e.g. via pip:

pip install invenio-cli

2. Check system requirements

Information on requirements

Please do read the system requirements section! There's important information related to supported versions.

You can check if the proper requirements are installed via invenio-cli:

invenio-cli check-requirements

3. Scaffold project

Scaffold your InvenioRDM instance. Replace <version> with the version you want to install:

  • LTS release (for production systems): v9.1
  • STS release (for feature previews): v11.0
invenio-cli init rdm -c <version>
# e.g:
invenio-cli init rdm -c v9.1

You will be asked several questions. If in doubt, choose the default.

4. Build, setup and run

Now that the scaffolding is complete, it is time to check the development requirements

cd my-site/
invenio-cli check-requirements --development

You can run the main InvenioRDM application in two modes (choose one):

  • Containerized application and services (good for a quick preview).
  • Local application with containerized services (good for developers or if you want to customize InvenioRDM).

Containerized application

invenio-cli containers start --lock --build --setup

Local application

invenio-cli install
invenio-cli services setup
invenio-cli run

Linux: Managing Docker as a non-root user & Context Errors

If you encounter Docker errors running invenio-cli services setup, see our section on Docker pre-requisites.

5. Explore InvenioRDM

Go and explore your InvenioRDM instance on:

Self-signed SSL certificate

Your browser will display a big warning about an invalid SSL certificate. This is because InvenioRDM generates a self-signed SSL certificate when you scaffold a new instance and because InvenioRDM requires that all traffic is over a secure HTTPS connection.

All major browsers allow you to bypass the warning (not easily though). In Chrome/Edge you have to click in the browser window and type thisisunsafe.

To create a new administrator account:

Depending on whether you are in a local or containerized setup, take note of the variations immediately following before stepping through the subsequently outlined steps.

Local application

In a local application context, precede the invenio commands by pipenv run (e.g., pipenv run invenio users create <EMAIL> --password <PASSWORD> --active --confirm).

Containerized application
In a fully containerized context, connect to a container first e.g. the web-api container: docker exec -it my-site-web-api-1 /bin/bash. Then run the commands from within the container as-is.

Steps The following command creates an activated and confirmed user (assuming you have email verification enabled as is the default).

invenio users create <EMAIL> --password <PASSWORD> --active --confirm

Then, allow the user to access the administration panel:

invenio access allow administration-access user <EMAIL>

6. Stop it

When you are done, you can stop your instance and optionally destroy the containers:

Containerized application

To just stop the containers:

invenio-cli containers stop

To destroy them:

invenio-cli containers destroy

Local application

invenio-cli services stop
invenio-cli services destroy