Lektor comes in two flavors: as a command line executable and as a desktop application. The desktop version also contains the command line executable, but it also bundles together all dependencies of Lektor in an easy to use package which heavily simplifies installation.
Info: Support for the Mac Desktop Application is paused as of version 3.1. See note.
Currently the desktop application is only available for OS X and can be
downloaded from the Lektor website. It comes as a downloadable
disk image that you can mount which contains one application by the name of
Lektor.app. Just drag it into your
Applications folder and you are good to
If you also want access to the command line tools just launch
and then click in the menu bar on Lektor ➤ Install Shell Command.
If you do not want to install the desktop app then you can just install the command line executable. This runs on most operating systems (OSX, Linux and Windows) but the installation is a bit more involved.
You need to make sure you have the following software installed on your computer:
libffi-devis required on Ubuntu)
sudo apt-get install python-dev libssl-dev libffi-dev
brew install imagemagickcan get you this on OS X and
sudo apt-get install imagemagickon Ubuntu the
imagemagickpackage needs to be installed. On Windows do
choco install imagemagick, which requires chocolatey, or download from here).
Once you have those installed and have made sure that they are on your
PATH, you can
get Lektor installed with our installation script:
# curl -sf https://www.getlektor.com/install.sh | sh
If you are not logged in as superuser, instead you should try this:
$ curl -sf https://www.getlektor.com/install.sh | sudo sh
If you would like to install Lektor without being prompted, set LEKTOR_SILENT before running the prior command.
For Windows you can use the
C:\> @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://getlektor.com/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%LocalAppData%\lektor-cli
but you can also do it directly in
PS C:\> iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://getlektor.com/install.ps1'))
Alternatively you can manually install the command line version with
virtualenv if you know how that works. Note that this method is heavily
discouraged for anything other than advanced use cases such as build servers.
$ virtualenv venv $ . venv/bin/activate $ pip install Lektor
When we say this installation type is discouraged we mean it. The reason is that it encourages uses of Lektor which are entirely unsupported by us. Lektor actively manages virtualenvs for plugin installations in very specific ways and this might or might not work in your setup. We support pip installations for deployment environments and local development only.
If you want to install the development version of Lektor you can do so. It's
the same as with installing the command line application but instead of
using PyPI you install directly from git and you need to have
to build the admin UI:
$ git clone https://github.com/lektor/lektor $ cd lektor $ make build-js $ virtualenv venv $ . venv/bin/activate $ pip install --editable .