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This set of documents will help you get Nautobot up and running. As an alternative, you can also run Nautobot in Docker.

About Dependencies

This section describes the system dependencies required for Nautobot. They can be all installed on a single system, or distributed across your environment. That will be up to you. Our install instructions assume a single system install, and that is good for most use cases. More advanced configurations are also possible, but are not covered here.

The installation instructions below will guide you through a fresh installation.

Mandatory dependencies

The following minimum versions are required for Nautobot to operate:

Dependency Role Minimum Version
Python Application 3.8
PostgreSQL Database 12.0
MySQL Database 8.0
Redis Cache, Queue 4.0
Git Additional 2.0


Either PostgreSQL or MySQL must be selected, but not both.

Added in version 1.1.0

MySQL support was added.

Added in version 1.3.0

Python 3.10 support was added.

Removed in version 1.3.0

Python 3.6 support was removed.

Changed in version 1.6.0

Python 3.11 support was added and Python 3.7 support was removed.

Removed in version 2.1.0

Support for versions of PostgreSQL older than 12.0 was removed.

Nautobot will not work without these dependencies.


Nautobot is written in the Python programming language. The official Python package installer is called Pip, and you will see the pip command referenced often to install or update Python packages.

All Nautobot plugins and library dependencies will be written using Python.


Nautobot uses a relational database to store its data. Both MySQL and PostgreSQL are officially supported.


MySQL is an open-source relational database management system that’s relatively easy to set up and manage, fast, reliable, and well-understood.


PostgreSQL is a powerful, feature-rich open source relational database server that can handle complex queries and massive databases.


Redis is an open source, in-memory data store which Nautobot employs for caching and queuing.

Optional dependencies

Nautobot will still operate without these optional dependencies, but would likely not be ready for use in a production environment without them. The installation and configuration of these dependencies are covered in the detailed guides which follow.

For production deployment we recommend the following:

For additional features:

Installing Nautobot Dependencies

Nautobot was designed to be a cross-platform application that can run on nearly any system that is able to run the required dependencies. Only the operating system platforms listed below are officially supported at this time.

  • Red Hat flavors of Linux including CentOS 8.2+ and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.2+ are supported.
  • Debian/Ubuntu flavors of Linux including Ubuntu 20.04+ and Debian 11+ are supported.


Nautobot should work on any POSIX-compliant system including practically any flavor of Linux, BSD, or even macOS, but those are not officially supported at this time.

To begin with installing Nautobot dependencies on a supported platform, see the next page of the documentation.

Running Nautobot in Docker

Nautobot docker images are available for use in a containerized deployment for an easier installation, see the Docker overview for more information.


If you are upgrading from an existing installation, please consult the upgrading guide.