Installing Exegol starts with installing the entrypoint to the whole project: the Python wrapper. Once the wrapper is installed, everything else can be managed from it.


It is strongly advised to install Exegol on a Linux host, especially when planning on using Exegol for internal penetration tests. This is because Docker Desktop on Windows and macOS lacks a few features, mainly due to how these operating systems run Docker containers within an internal VM that doesn’t share the host’s network interfaces and USB accessories.

Once the wrapper is installed, the second step in setting up Exegol on a device is to install at least one Exegol image, either with exegol start (documentation here), or with exegol install (documentation here). Both actions will guide the user in installing an image if needed.


The following elements are required before Exegol can be installed, whatever the host’s operating system is:

Additional dependencies may be required depending on the host OS.

No additional dependencies for Linux environments.


From Linux systems, Docker can be installed quickly and easily with the following command-line:

curl -fsSL "" -o


To run exegol from the user environment without sudo, the user must have privileged rights equivalent to root. To grant yourself these rights, you can use the following command

# add the sudo group to the user
sudo usermod -aG docker $(id -u -n)

# "reload" the user groups

For more information, official Docker documentation shows how to manage docker as a non root user.


The installation of Exegol on Linux, macOS and Windows are very similar. It can either be installed from pip (easiest, most user-friendly, but with a few missing features) or from sources (easy as well, fully featured).

1. Installation of exegol

Exegol’s wrapper can be installed from pip. While this is the easiest and most user-friendly technique, for more advanced users it is advised to install from sources, as it allows to switch from release to dev branches easily and the auto-update feature is supported.

python3 -m pip install exegol

2. Adding Exegol to the PATH

If your pip installation is correct and functional, you have nothing more to do and you can already use the command exegol.

If not, remember that pip installs binaries in a dedicated local folder, which then must be in the PATH environment variable. Try to fix your pip installation: Linux | MacOS | Windows

3. Installation of the first Exegol image

Once the exegol wrapper is installed, you can download your first docker image with the following command:

exegol install