Training setup#

Your computer should have the following software. Please prepare this before the training starts.


Operating System#

Use recent versions of Linux or macOS.

For macOS users, also have Homebrew installed.

Windows with WSL2 and Ubuntu could work too but was not checked for this training.

Code Editor#

Code editor of your choice (VSCode, Pycharm, Sublime, VI, Emacs)


Python version 3.9.x or 3.10.x.

Ensure Pip is installed and up to date.


If the system does not provide a suitable version, you can use Pyenv to install almost any Python version.


Docker should be version 20.10.18 or above (Check it with docker --version)

Node and Node tools#

Latest Node LTS version (Node 16), latest NPM, Yarn (classic, not 2.x) and Yeoman.

Install NVM.

Use it to install the latest version of Node LTS and NPM (hint: check if a newer minor or bugfix release is available).

nvm install "lts/*"


The current Node LTS Version (Node 18 - v18.12.1) is not supported by Volto at this time. Use the older LTS Version (Node 16 - currently v16.17.1) instead.

nvm install "16"


In an upcoming version of the cookiecutter template, there will be a file .nvmrc within the generated project that will simplify and combine the foregoing steps. When it is released, you will use the following commands.

nvm install
nvm use

Now with a current Node LTS version installed, install additional tools globally:

  • Yeoman

  • Yarn

nvm alias default "lts/*"
npm install -g yo
npm install -g yarn

Then execute curl -o- -L | bash to install Yarn.


  • Vagrant and VirtualBox or libvirt (Linux / macOS).


VirtualBox does not run on Apple Silicon, use libvirt+qemu instead.


We use Vagrant boxes in this training as a replacement for an external server.

External Services#

GitHub Account#

Please make sure your computer has the correct keys to your Github account.

Container Registry#

During the training we will use the GitHub Container Registry, but everything explained here also applies to Docker Hub usage. If you are willing to follow the training using Docker Hub as your registry, please:

  • Create an account at Docker Hub.

  • Configure your local Docker to use Docker Hub credentials with docker login

While Gitlab with it's container registry works the same, we do not include it in the training.


pip install --user --upgrade cookiecutter


Make comes installed on most Linux distributions. On macOS, you must first install Xcode, then install its command line tools. On Windows, it is strongly recommended to Install Linux on Windows with WSL, which will include make.