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Build From Source Using pip

This section describes how to deploy MindsDB from the source code. It is the preferred way to use MindsDB if you want to contribute to our code or debug MindsDB.

Python 3.9

Currently, some of our dependencies have issues with the latest versions of Python 3.9.x. For now, our suggestion is to use Python 3.7.x, or 3.8.x versions.


Install MindsDB in a virtual environment when using pip to avoid dependency issues. Make sure your Python>=3.7 and pip>=19.3.


We recommend installing MindsDB inside a virtual environment to avoid dependency issues.

  1. Clone the repository:

    git clone
  2. Create new virtual environment called mindsdb-venv:

    python -m venv mindsdb-venv

    And, activate it:

    source mindsdb-venv/bin/activate
  3. Install MindsDB prerequisites:

    cd mindsdb && pip install -r requirements.txt
  4. Install MindsDB:

    python develop
  5. To verify everything works, start the MindsDB server:

    python -m mindsdb
  6. Now you should be able to access:
    mysql -h --port 3306 -u mindsdb -p


Common Issues

No module named mindsdb

If you get this error, make sure that your virtual environment is activated.

ImportError: No module named {dependency name}

This type of error can occur if you skipped the 3rd step. Make sure that you install all of the MindsDB requirements.

This site can’t be reached. refused to connect.

Please check the MindsDB server console in case the server is still in the starting phase. If the server has started and there is an error displayed, please report it on our GitHub

Still Having problems?

Don't worry! Try to replicate the issue using the official docker setup, and please create an issue on our Github repository as detailed as possible.

We'll review it and give you a response within a few hours.