Quickstart (Installing Kite)

System requirements

Kite currently works with a minimum build of macOS 10.10, Windows 7 (64 bit), and Linux.

Downloading Kite

You can download the latest version of Kite here.

Installing Kite


Open the .dmg file and drag the Kite icon into your Applications folder. Within the Applications folder, double-click on the Kite icon to run it.


Open the .exe file and click “Yes” when the installer asks for permissions to install Kite. The installer will run Kite automatically after it finishes installing.


Install Kite on Linux by running one command:

bash -c "$(wget -q -O - https://linux.kite.com/dls/linux/current)"

Kite will launch automatically after installation.

You can also launch Kite from the Applications menu of your desktop environment.

Running Kite for the first time

The following steps are only relevant if you're running Kite on your computer for the first time. The screenshots shown here are for macOS but the Windows experience is identical.

Creating an account

When you open Kite for the first time, the Copilot will appear and ask you to create an account.

If you don't have a Kite account yet, then you'll need to create one at this screen. Otherwise, you can choose to log in to your Kite account now.

Choosing your editors

Next, you'll get to choose which editors to integrate Kite with.

Kite currently supports the following editors:

  • Atom
  • Sublime Text 3
  • VS Code
  • IntelliJ & PyCharm
  • Vim & Neovim
Important: If your editor was running while you installed its respective plugin, you'll have to restart your editor for Kite to integrate properly.

You'll be able to manage which editors are integrated with Kite afterwards as well.

Help us improve Kite!

Next, you can fill out an optional survey to help us learn about what kind of features would help you code better. This step is optional and can be skipped.

Toggling the menubar icon

You have the option to hide or show the menubar icon.

The menubar icon provides a number of commands you can run while Kite is running, such as opening and closing the Copilot window. If you choose to hide the menubar icon now, you can always change your settings later.

Using Kite behind a proxy

You can use Kite behind a proxy (common for professionals). Kite typically detects your proxy configuration from your system automatically. This enables features like docs search in Kite's Copilot app even while behind a proxy.

However, if you're experiencing issues with Kite at work, your proxy settings may need custom configuration.

Learn how to manually configure your proxy settings here.

Start coding!

At this point, you're ready to start writing some code with Kite. We have some guides for your favorite editor(s) to help you get familiar with what Kite can do.

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