Cloudmesh is easy to install. However we have provided a comprehensive documentation for many different deployment scenarios. Dependent on your preferences you can choose an install from

  1. pip install if you are a Cloudmesh user,

  2. an installation in containers if you are a user liking to use containers,

  3. source install if you are a developer.

Most of our users chose option 3 as they like to further develop Cloudmesh.

See also

In case you are experienced with Python virtualenv and like to install Cloudmesh in your virtualenv, you can alse review the Quickstart guide. However we also recommend to get an overview of how to install it for your particular system.

Please read the installation section in this manual thoroughly, and understand the items explained before you install it. Do not just paste and copy the text in your terminal and execute it as it could have unexpected consequences. This also helps to decide which installation method is best suited for you.

We are providing a clickable map to help you in your decision process which version and how to install it.

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Installation of Cloudmesh with Docker

Although cloudmesh can just be installed on containers without the use of Python, it is best if you use cmsd. This is a python program that is designed to manage the containers and makes use of cloudmesh simple form the command line.

This installation can be conducted on all OSes on which docker and python 3.8.2 or newer is installed. Cloudmesh can also be installed with a specialized cloudmesh-cmsd command that is distributed as source and on PyPi.

See Cloudmesh cmsd for more information.

Installation of Cloudmesh in Python

On some operating systems, you will need a number of tools installed on your computer before you can install cloudmesh. It is important to full fill these requirements. Please use the clickable map to identify the OS method you use and follow the link.


Please only continue once you have the Prerequists fulfilled.

Once you have installed the prerequisites on your computer cloudmesh is also each to install natively in your python virtual environment. Please note that we do not recommend installing it on your OS directly, but you must use a virtual environment.


We recommend that you use Python venv to isolate the system Python form the user python. For simplicity we assume and document on how to set up a virtual environment in the home directory under the directory name ~/ENV3.

Anaconda and Conda

Cloudmesh can be installed in anaconda with pip. Please follow our pip instructions, but make sure you create your own virtualenv with conda and assure you use python at least 3.8.2.

Python Installation from python.org

The easiest installation of Python for cloudmesh is to use the installation from https://www.python.org/downloads. Please, visit the page and follow the instructions. After this install, you have python3 available from the command line. After the installation of Python do the following:

Linux, macOS, Windows gitbash:

$ python3.8 -m venv ~/ENV3
$ source ~/ENV3/bin/activate
$ pip install pip -U


You can add at the end of your .bashrc (ubuntu) or .bash_profile (macOS) file the line so the environment is always loaded.

source ~/ENV3/bin/activate

In Windows CMD, you can do this with

$ python -m venv ENV3
$ ENV3\Scripts\activate
$ pip install pip -U

Now you can now install cloudmesh cmsd with

$ pip install cloudmesh-openstack

In a Linux subsystem, ~/ is the default location, assumed to be the home directory. In a windows system, this location is assumed to be under C:UsersUSERNAME.

SSH key

In order for you to use a cloud you will need an ssh key that you use to interact conveniently with cloud resources. This can be created from the command line with


Please make sure to use a passphrase with your key. Anyone telling you to use a passwordless key is giving you the wrong advice.

First configuration

Once installed, test the cloudmesh command and at the same time create a configuration file. This is done by invoking the cms help command the first time. Thus, just type the command

cms help

in your terminal. It will create a directory ~/.cloudmesh in which you can find the configuration file:


To get you started quickly, we are providing some convenient programs that help you set things up. Use the commands

cms gui
cms init

To set up a default configuration. However, you can also do this from the command line while using the config command in case the gui command is not an option for you:

.. code-block:: bash

cms config set cloudmesh.profile.user=YOURUSERNAME cms set key user=YOURUSERNAME

Alternatively, you can edit and modify the ~/.clloudmesh/cloudmesh.yaml file.

Cloudmesh comes with cloud service bundles that can be easily installed using the pip command. Examples include

pip install cloudmesh-openstack
pip install cloudmesh-aws
pip install cloudmesh-google
pip install cloudmesh-azure
pip install cloudmesh-volume
pip install cloudmesh-storage

The Directory .cloudmesh

All cloudmesh related configuration information is stored in the .cloudmesh directory. In case you want to start fresh, simply delete that directory and its subdirectories. However, if you need information from it, make sure you make a backup.

Please note that in this file, you have sensitive information, and it should never be backed up into GitHub, box, icloud, or other such services. Keep it on your computer or back it up on a secure encrypted external hard drive or storage media only you have access to.

Installation of MongoDB

Once you have installed cloudmesh it is easy to install MongoDB with the build-in MongoDB installer:

cms admin mongo install

The installation of Mongo is done on the default port, and a version of mongo is installed in your ~/.cloudmsh directory. If you have other versions of Mongo on your computer make sure it is the newer one, as Mongo states, older versions must first completely uninstalled, so Mongo works properly.