Get Started: 
Self Managed

For a more customized experience and deep integration, many Open edX users stand up a dedicated instance.

Select one of the readily available Open edX distributions or get help creating your instance. Our service partners can help you customize, host, and manage a distribution.

Some of the edX distributions are source code only and others provide access to source code as well as a ready to deploy image (binary distribution). If provided, binary distributions are a great way to get started.

Choose Your Distribution

EdX creates releases twice a year, named after tree species. All other distributions on this list depend on the edX distribution but add additional value.

  • Open edX distribution from edX (Source Code)

    EdX’s distributions target organizations who have development resources to work on their learning platform.

    Many of our service partners can get you started with the Open edX distribution and help you customize it to your needs. Check out the Marketplace to find the right partner for you or get the source code to create your own experience. All edX code and documentation is provided to the community on GitHub and in the Community section.

    Set of books dedicated to various Open edX user roles:

    • Latest Release Notes 
    • Open edX Learner’s Guide
    • Using Studio 
    • Using Insights

  • Open edX distribution from IBM

    The IBM distribution provides Open edX adapters with a comprehensive and fully customizable front end that does not require any programming skills to deploy. IBM offers a free trial period for a dedicated Open EdX instance on IBM’s Kubernetes cluster. Distribution features include:

    • Virtual student advisor or teaching assistant via built-in chatbot backed by IBM Watson technology
    • Course completion certificates issued through Documentorum blockchain
    • Cutting-edge Competition Management System for virtual and in-person hackathons or competitions.
  • Open edX distribution from Bitnami

    The Open edX powered by Bitnami provides a one-click install solution for Open edX. Download installers and virtual machines, or run your own Open edX server in the cloud.
    The Open edX powered by Bitnami provides a basic version of the Open edX platform that can be used to deliver courses online.

    Learn about Bitnami Distribution

Partner Trials

Many of our partners provide a 30-day free trial of their distribution. Explore our Marketplace to learn more.

Free Trial with Open edX Partner IBM

IBM’s distribution provides a highly customizable learner portal that requires no programming. You can easily customize the look, feel, and information structure of your portal. Create and publish courses or experience them as a learner.

Marketplace

Our digital catalog of service & technology partners helps you customize, enhance, and augment your own Open edX instance. You can also find technical support, learner support, hosting, maintenance service partners, and 3rd party products to integrate with.

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DISCLAIMER: Please note that edX provides the information on this page as a courtesy for the general benefit of the Open edX community and does not screen, review, approve, or endorse any of the entities, services, or offers that may be listed from time to time. EdX has not vetted the qualifications or experience of these entities and, accordingly, makes no representations or warranties about the nature or quality of their services. EdX encourages you to independently evaluate and verify the suitability of any organization that you may choose to engage.