If you just want to try Datasette out you don't need to install anything: see Try Datasette without installing anything using Glitch

There are two main options for installing Datasette. You can install it directly on to your machine, or you can install it using Docker.

If you want to start making contributions to the Datasette project by installing a copy that lets you directly modify the code, take a look at our guide to Setting up a development environment.

Basic installation

Using Homebrew

If you have a Mac and use Homebrew, you can install Datasette by running this command in your terminal:

brew install datasette

This should install the latest version. You can confirm by running:

datasette --version

You can upgrade to the latest Homebrew packaged version using:

brew upgrade datasette

Once you have installed Datasette you can install plugins using the following:

datasette install datasette-vega

If the latest packaged release of Datasette has not yet been made available through Homebrew, you can upgrade your Homebrew installation in-place using:

datasette install -U datasette

Using pip

Datasette requires Python 3.6 or higher. Visit for step-by-step installation guides for your operating system.

You can install Datasette and its dependencies using pip:

pip install datasette

You can now run Datasette like so:


Advanced installation options

Using pipx

pipx is a tool for installing Python software with all of its dependencies in an isolated environment, to ensure that they will not conflict with any other installed Python software.

If you use Homebrew on macOS you can install pipx like this:

brew install pipx
pipx ensurepath

Without Homebrew you can install it like so:

python3 -m pip install --user pipx
python3 -m pipx ensurepath

The pipx ensurepath command configures your shell to ensure it can find commands that have been installed by pipx - generally by making sure ~/.local/bin has been added to your PATH.

Once pipx is installed you can use it to install Datasette like this:

pipx install datasette

Then run datasette --version to confirm that it has been successfully installed.

Upgrading packages using pipx

You can upgrade your pipx installation to the latest release of Datasette using pipx upgrade datasette:

$ pipx upgrade datasette
upgraded package datasette from 0.39 to 0.40 (location: /Users/simon/.local/pipx/venvs/datasette)

To upgrade a plugin within the pipx environment use pipx runpip datasette install -U name-of-plugin - like this:

% datasette plugins
        "name": "datasette-vega",
        "static": true,
        "templates": false,
        "version": "0.6"

$ pipx runpip datasette install -U datasette-vega
Collecting datasette-vega
Downloading datasette_vega-0.6.2-py3-none-any.whl (1.8 MB)
    |████████████████████████████████| 1.8 MB 2.0 MB/s
Installing collected packages: datasette-vega
Attempting uninstall: datasette-vega
    Found existing installation: datasette-vega 0.6
    Uninstalling datasette-vega-0.6:
    Successfully uninstalled datasette-vega-0.6
Successfully installed datasette-vega-0.6.2

$ datasette plugins
        "name": "datasette-vega",
        "static": true,
        "templates": false,
        "version": "0.6.2"

Using Docker

A Docker image containing the latest release of Datasette is published to Docker Hub here:

If you have Docker installed (for example with Docker for Mac on OS X) you can download and run this image like so:

docker run -p 8001:8001 -v `pwd`:/mnt \
    datasetteproject/datasette \
    datasette -p 8001 -h /mnt/fixtures.db

This will start an instance of Datasette running on your machine's port 8001, serving the fixtures.db file in your current directory.

Now visit to access Datasette.

(You can download a copy of fixtures.db from )

To upgrade to the most recent release of Datasette, run the following:

docker pull datasetteproject/datasette

Loading SpatiaLite

The datasetteproject/datasette image includes a recent version of the SpatiaLite extension for SQLite. To load and enable that module, use the following command:

docker run -p 8001:8001 -v `pwd`:/mnt \
    datasetteproject/datasette \
    datasette -p 8001 -h /mnt/fixtures.db \

You can confirm that SpatiaLite is successfully loaded by visiting

Installing plugins

If you want to install plugins into your local Datasette Docker image you can do so using the following recipe. This will install the plugins and then save a brand new local image called datasette-with-plugins:

docker run datasetteproject/datasette \
    pip install datasette-vega

docker commit $(docker ps -lq) datasette-with-plugins

You can now run the new custom image like so:

docker run -p 8001:8001 -v `pwd`:/mnt \
    datasette-with-plugins \
    datasette -p 8001 -h /mnt/fixtures.db

You can confirm that the plugins are installed by visiting