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Currently, you can download the DFINITY Canister Software Development Kit (SDK) directly from within a terminal shell on your local computer. With this installation option, you can be logged on as any user and no additional software is required.

Install the latest directly from a terminal

To download and install from a terminal shell:

  1. Open a terminal shell on your local computer.

  2. Run the following curl command:

    sh -ci "$(curl -fsSL https://sdk.dfinity.org/install.sh)"

Install a specific version from a terminal

If you want to install a specific version, for example, to test against a previous version, you can modify the installation command to include a version.

To download and install a specific version from a terminal shell:

  1. Open a terminal shell on your local computer.

  2. Run the following curl command:

    DFX_VERSION=0.5.5 sh -ci "$(curl -fsSL https://sdk.dfinity.org/install.sh)"

Next steps

For information about the next steps to take, see Getting started in the Developer’s Guide.