Access Kolibri

Starting Kolibri on Windows

To start the Kolibri server on Windows, just double-click the desktop shortcut. You will see the notification message Kolibri is starting, please wait….

When you see the notification Kolibri is running…, Kolibri will open in the browser with the URL

Kolibri Taskbar Options

While it is running, Kolibri will display an icon in the Windows taskbar (usually at bottom right, near the clock), that allows you to stop it and configure other settings.

When you right click the Kolibri taskbar icon, you can see the taskbar options.

Kolibri taskbar options.

  • Use the Load in browser option to open Kolibri in the browser.
  • By default Kolibri will start running every time you start the computer where it is installed. Uncheck the Run Kolibri at system startup option if you prefer to start it manually from the desktop shortcut.
  • When installed, Kolibri will open in the browser every time it is started. Uncheck the option Open browser when Kolibri starts if you prefer to have it running in the background, and to open it manually in the browser by typing the URL in the address bar.
  • Select Exit to stop Kolibri. You will be prompted to confirm the selection, after which Kolibri will stop. You will have to close the browser (or the tab) manually.


If you close the browser window, Kolibri will still be running in the background. Use the Load in browser menu item to reopen it in the browser.


In some Windows multi-user environments (for example NComputing), you need to make sure that Kolibri is running only from the admin account to avoid having Kolibri started for each login/session. Confirm that the Run Kolibri at system startup taskbar option is checked only when the admin logs in, but unchecked when any other user of virtual desktops is logged in.

It is also recommended that you remove the Kolibri desktop laucher icon from all non admin accounts in this type of setup, and substitute it with a regular shortcut that opens the Kolibri server IP. To add the desktop shortcut follow these steps.

  1. Right click anywhere on the desktop.
  2. Select New > Shortcut.
  3. Type in the Kolibri server IP (most probably, save and exit.
  4. Double-click the shortcut to test if it opens the browser and loads Kolibri.


Remember to configure other computers in the network to access Kolibri content.

Starting Kolibri on Linux or MacOS

Starting Kolibri on Linux and MacOS will differ depending on the method you used to install it.

  • If you used the PEX package, Kolibri will be accessible as long as the process is running in the Terminal. If you stop the process, close the Terminal window, or restart your system, you will need to run the PEX again to restart Kolibri.

  • If you installed Kolibri as a system service with the DEB installer, it will run automatically on each system restart, and you do not need to start it manually. Proceed to step 2 below.

  • If you installed Kolibri through the PPA, or generic installation with pip install command, follow these steps.

    1. Run this command in Terminal to start Kolibri:
    kolibri start


    On macOS you may need to prefix the command with python, and type python -m kolibri start instead.

    1. Open the default browser at, and it will display the Kolibri start page.


    Remember to configure other computers in the network to access Kolibri content.

    1. Run this command in Terminal to stop Kolibri:
    kolibri stop

Accessing Kolibri from Other Devices in the Network

After you have installed and started Kolibri on the computer that will act as a server, you need to configure other devices in the the same Local Area Network (LAN), such as other computers, tablets or phones, so they can access the the learning content on the server.


Kolibri currently supports the following combinations of operating systems and browsers for client devices:

  • Windows 7, 8.1 and 10: IE 11+, Chrome and Firefox
  • MacOS 10.6+: Safari, Chrome and Firefox
  • Linux: any browser
  • Android 4.4+: Chrome and Firefox
  • iOS 10+: Safari, Chrome and Firefox


Videos are MP4 encoded. While most browsers do not require additional plugins or codecs, open source platforms will often require you to install MP4 codecs separately: For instance on Ubuntu, install the restricted extras package.

Set up Access on Other Devices

To access content from other devices in the same network, you need to know the IP address of the computer where Kolibri is running. The default port is 8080, and you must add it after the IP address.

For example, if Kolibri is installed and started on a computer with the address, you can access it from an Android tablet connected to the same network by opening the browser on the tablet and typing the address


  • You can check the IP (Server URL) of the device where Kolibri is running by going to Info tab in the Device dashboard.

    Open the Device page and navigate to the Info tab to find the IP (Server URL) for your device.

    Find the IP/Server URL in the Device > Info tab.

  • You can also use the ipconfig command on Windows or ifconfig command on Linux/OSX to find the externally visible IP address of the device running the Kolibri.


  • When entering the URL in the browser, it may be required to explicitly include http://, for example or Many browsers will incorrectly interpret an IP address or local network hostname as a search term. In other cases, browsers may incorrectly add https:// instead of http://.
  • In case you decide to make Kolibri available on the port 80, instead of the default 8080, you must always include http:// in front of the server’s IP.


Change Language

To change language in which the Kolibri user interface is displayed, follow these steps:

  1. Open your user menu in the upper right corner.
  2. Select the Change language option.
  3. Choose the desired language.
  4. Click CONFIRM and Kolibri will be displayed in the selected language!


The default language configured in your browser preferences might override the language configured in Kolibri. To ensure that Kolibri displays in the desired language, make sure to configure it as default in the browsers of all the devices that will be used to view Kolibri content.