Warning: This is still an advanced feature. Although we strive very hard to avoid it, things may break. Please understand that you shouldn't use this in a critical environment without having the technical resources in place to troubleshoot if needed.
The best way to use KoBoToolbox is on one of the two public instances - kobo.humanitarianresponse.info (if you work for a humanitarian organization) and kf.kobotoolbox.org (for non-humanitarian users). There is no software to be installed on your computer when using these free public servers.
Installing KoBoToolbox on your own computer is not necessary and is only recommended if you work in an environment with absolutely no Internet access or if security circumstances require it. To learn about installing the software on your own servers, click here.
Installing KoBoToolbox with Docker
KoBoToolbox can be installed on Linux using our own Docker installation, using the latest code as is available on our public websites. The detailed instructions and the source repository are found on Github. Support for installing with Docker on Mac and Windows is only experimental at this point.
With Docker, you can run a small "mini server" on your local computer. This means that the software is still accessed through the browser but from a "local" address. The installation procedure is similar to running the software through Docker on a server, but significantly easier since the server requires additional configurations.