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jamovi is a free and open statistics package, which is easy to use, and designed to be familiar to users of SPSS. It provides a spreadsheet editor, and a range of statistical analyses. jamovi can provide R syntax for each analysis that is run, and additional analyses for jamovi can be developed using the R language.

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the easiest way to build and work on jamovi, is to build it as a docker container. clone this repo (and submodules), and then build it with:

git clone
cd jamovi
git submodule update --init --recursive
docker-compose build

once built, it can be run with:

docker-compose up

this launches an embedded web-server, and jamovi can be accessed with a web-browser at the url




Virtual Environment

Create a virtual environment using the following command:

poetry install

If poetry can't locate a Python executable with the correct version, ensure that you have the correct version installed and run these commands to force poetry to use it:

poetry install


Activate the virtual environment

poetry shell

Developer section

Usage - Poetry

poetry shell  # to activate the virtual environment
poetry run COMMAND  # run a command in the venv without first activating it
poetry add DEPENDENCY  # add a production dependency
poetry add --group=dev DEVDEPENDENCY  # add a dev dependency
poetry add --group=GROUPNAME DEPENDENCY  # add a dependency to another group

poetry lock  # update the lock file
poetry install  # install dependencies from the lock file
poetry install --sync  # also remove untracked dependencies from venv
poetry update  # lock & install
poetry update --sync  # lock & install --sync

For more information about Poetry, see the [Poetry docs][poetry-docs].

Usage - Poe

We use poe to run tasks that simplify running things like tests, QA-tools, and docker. This is similar to how one might use make to simplify running commands with arguments or combinations of commands.

You can run poe in two ways:

# By first activating the virtual environment
poetry shell

# By using `poetry run` without activing the environment

For example, to run all tools that reformat code, you can run:

poetry shell
poe reformat

# or
poetry run poe reformat

For a list of all the available tasks, run poe --help or look at the task definitions in pypoetry.toml.

For more information about Poe the Poet, look at the [Poe docs][poe-docs].


Tests can be run with:

poe tests


If you're using VSCode it's recommended to install the following extensions to make python development easier:

  • ms-python.debugpy
  • ms-python.isort
  • ms-python.pylint
  • ms-python.python
  • ms-python.vscode-pylance

Configure virtual environment for VSCode

You can configure the interpreter path for the workspace so that you don't have to manually activate the terminal every time you open a terminal.

You can find the path to the python interpreter associated with the virtual environment easily by:

# Activate the environment
poetry shell
# Find the python path for this environment
where python