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 Open 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

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

  • Open edX distribution from edX (Source Code)

    The Open edX source distribution targets 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. All Open edX code and documentation is provided to the community on GitHub and in the Community section.

  • Open edX distribution by Tutor

    Tutor is a free, open source, docker-based Open edX distribution, both for production and local development. Tutor makes it easy to deploy, customize, upgrade and scale Open edX platform. It is reliable, fast, extensible, and it is already used by dozens of Open edX platforms around the world.

  • Open edX distribution by 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.

  • Open edX distribution by DEREX

    DEREX is an Open Source solution for developing and launching your Open edX® platform. Reproducible, quick, flexible: DEREX facilitates the development, testing and deployment of projects based on Open edX® platform. DEREX takes care of starting the needed services (mysql, mongodb, rabbitmq etc) and introduces the concept of Derex projects. A DEREX project is a directory that defines what an edX instance should look like, to make it reproducible in a DevOps fashion. It can specify additional requirements, custom themes, plugins and settings. The settings are specified with Python code, much more flexible than the standard Open edX JSON configuration.

Partner Trials

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


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.