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IBM Q Experience user guides

The repository contains the user guides from the IBM Q Experience

If quantum physics sounds challenging to you, you are not alone. All of our intuitions are based on day-to-day experiences and are defined by classical physics — so most of us find the concepts in quantum physics counterintuitive at first. In order to comprehend the quantum world, you must let go of your beliefs about our physical world, and develop an intuition for a completely different (and often surprising) set of laws.

The guides

The guide is divided in two.

Beginner's Guide: You can find a simple aproach about Quantum Computing and how use the IBM Q Experice tools, like Quantum Composer.

User's Guide: This section contain the more full coverage from Quantum Computing and in particular several examples and algorithm.


Jay M. Gambetta, Antonio Córcoles, Andrew Cross, Lev Bishop, and Abigail Cross

Installation and setup

1. Get the tools

You'll need:

2. Get the code

Clone the qiskit-qx-user-guides repository and navigate to its folder on your local machine:

  • If you have Git installed, run the following commands:
git clone
cd ibmqx-user-guides
  • If you don't have Git installed, click the "Clone or download" button at the URL shown in the git clone command, unzip the file if needed, then navigate to that folder in a terminal window.

3. Setup the environment

To use as a library install the dependencies:

# Depending on the system and setup to append "sudo -H" before could be needed.
pip3 install -r requires.txt

4. Generate documentation

To generate HTML documenatation run

make doc

You can find the generated documenatation in _build/html

Do you want to help?

If you'd like to contribute please take a look to our contribution guidelines.


The documentation for the project is in the rst directory. The documentation for the python SDK is auto-generated from python docstrings using Sphinx for generating the documentation. All the documents are created using RST format. You can find more info about it in:

You can generate the documentation in format HTML using.

make doc

You can export the documenatation in other formats like "epub", "text" or others.

make epub

You can find more info about this formats using:

make help


The examples are include from the "test" folder, you can test all of them, features often imply changes in the existent tests or new ones are needed. Once they're updated/added run this be sure they keep passing:

make test

Other QISKit projects

  • ibmqx backend information Information about the different IBM Q Experience backends.
  • OpenQasm Examples and tools for the OpenQASM intermediate representation.
  • Python API API Client to use IBM Q Experience in Python.
  • Python SDK Software development kit for working with quantum programs in Python.
  • Tutorial Jupyter notebooks for using QISKit.


This project is licensed under the Apache License 2.0 - see the LICENSE file for details.

The Sphinx theme is based on Sphinx Bootstrap Theme by Ryan Roemer, which is licensed under the MIT license.