Installation Instructions

Matthew Dutton edited this page Jan 17, 2017 · 21 revisions

Installation Instructions



RIDE runs only on the regular Python, not on Jython nor IronPython. Python 2.6 is the minimum version. Notice that similarly as Robot Framework, RIDE does not yet support Python 3. Notice also that on OS X RIDE requires 32-bit Python version.

Most other operating systems than Windows have a recent enough Python installed by default. You can find Windows installers and plenty of other information from


RIDE's GUI is implemented using wxPython toolkit. Only wxPython with Unicode support is officially supported. Possible new releases in wxPython 2.8 series ought to work fine too. wxPython 3.0 support is one of the priorities for future development.

On Windows you can download an appropriate installer from wxPython download page. For more information about the installation see pages in general.

On Linux you should be able to install wxPython with your package manager. For example, on Debian based systems such as Ubuntu running sudo apt-get install python-wxgtk2.8 ought to be enough.

On OS X you should use wxPython binaries found from the wxPython download page. wxPython2.8 only has 32 bit build available, so Python must be run in 32-bit mode also. This can be done globally by running:

> defaults write Prefer-32-Bit -bool yes

or just for the RIDE execution:


Robot Framework

If RIDE is used only to edit test cases, Robot Framework does not need to installed at all. However, the Test runner plugin requires Robot Framework to be separately installed.


Directories added to PATH as part of the Robot Framework installation must not contain quotes. Otherwise RIDE may not be able to execute tests due to a bug in Python.


RIDE is distributed as separate installation packages for Windows and for other platforms, and these packages can be found from the download page.

Installing from source

  • Get the source distribution.
  • Extract it e.g. with WinZip on Windows or with tar xzvf robotframework-ride-<version>.tar.gz on Linux or OS X.
  • Go to the created directory and run python install. Notice that on Linux or OS X you typically need to prefix the command with sudo.

Using Windows installer

Using pip or easy_install

RIDE can also be installed with pip or easy_install using either of these commands:

pip install robotframework-ride
easy_install robotframework-ride

This installation approach works on all operating systems but obviously requires you to have pip or easy_install installed. Notice that you may need to prefix the above commands with sudo on unixy machines.


After a successful installation RIDE can be started from the command line by running Alternatively you can specify a file or directory to open as an argument like path/to/tests. Starting from RIDE 0.54, you can also create a desktop shortcut during installation on Windows.

On Windows running requires having <PythonInstallationDir>\Scripts on PATH. If pybot command to run tests with Robot Framework works you should be fine. If it does not, see Robot Framework installation instructions for more information about setting PATH.

If you use Cygwin on Windows, you may need to fix the shebang line in manually before running it.

Using latest development version

To test the latest enhancements or fixes, you can easily checkout the latest RIDE sources from its version control system and run it directly from there. As a precondition you need to have Git and Invoke installed. After that, just run the following commands to clone RIDE's repository and start the latest version:

git clone
invoke devel [datasource]

To update your clone, run git pull in the RIDE directory.

Other development options

You may see what options invoke provides with:

invoke --help
Usage: inv[oke] [--core-opts] task1 [--task1-opts] ... taskN [--taskN-opts]

Core options:

  --complete                       Print tab-completion candidates for given
                                   parse remainder.
  --hide=STRING                    Set default value of run()'s 'hide' kwarg.
  --no-dedupe                      Disable task deduplication.
  --write-pyc                      Enable creation of .pyc files.
  -c STRING, --collection=STRING   Specify collection name to load.
  -d, --debug                      Enable debug output.
  -e, --echo                       Echo executed commands before running.
  -f STRING, --config=STRING       Runtime configuration file to use.
  -h [STRING], --help[=STRING]     Show core or per-task help and exit.
  -l, --list                       List available tasks.
  -p, --pty                        Use a pty when executing shell commands.
  -r STRING, --root=STRING         Change root directory used for finding task
  -V, --version                    Show version and exit.
  -w, --warn-only                  Warn, instead of failing, when shell
                                   commands fail.

These are the possible tasks for our RIDE project:

invoke --list
Available tasks:

  clean                  Clean bytecode files and remove `dist` and `build`
  deps                   Fetch and install development dependencies.
  devel                  Start development version of RIDE.
  generate_big_project   Generate big test data project to help perf testing.
  install                Install development version and dependencies.
  random_test            Use rtest to randomly test RIDE API.
  register               Register current version to Python package index.
  release_notes          Download and format issues in markdown format.
  sdist                  Creates source distribution with bundled dependencies.
  test                   Run unit tests.
  update_robot           Update robot framework to specified commit or tag.
  version                Set `` to given version.
  wininst                Creates Windows installer with bundled dependencies.

Current version of invoke is:

invoke --version
Invoke 0.12.2
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