Run Kinto

Mozilla demo server

A Kinto instance is running at

It should be enough to get started, but the records are flushed every day at 7:00 AM UTC.

Using Docker

If you have Docker, Kinto can be started locally with a single command:

sudo docker run -p 8888:8888 kinto/kinto-server

The server should now be running on http://localhost:8888

It is possible to specify every Kinto setting through environment variables. For example, using an environment file:

# kinto.env

And running the container with docker run --env-file ./kinto.env ...

Using Python package

Python tooling

The following tools are necessary to initiate the local installation and use our helpers:

On Ubuntu/Debian, sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv is enough.

Quick start

By default, for convenience, Kinto persists the records, permissions and internal cache in a volatile memory backend. On every restart, the server will loose its data, and multiple processes are not handled properly.

But it should be enough to get started!

Create a Python isolated environment (optional):

virtualenv env/
source env/bin/activate

Then install the package using the default configuration:

pip install kinto
pserve kinto.ini

The server should now be running on http://localhost:8888

From sources

If you plan on contributing, this is the way to go!

This will install every necessary packages to run the tests, build the documentation etc.

git clone
cd kinto/

make serve

The server should now be running with the default configuration on http://localhost:8888

In order to add some custom settings, copy the provided file:

cp config/kinto.ini config/dev.ini

And specify the path when running:

make serve SERVER_CONFIG=config/dev.ini

With make, it is also possible to specify arguments from environment variables:

export SERVER_CONFIG=config/dev.ini

make serve -e

See dedicated section about contributing !