Setup NNI development environment

NNI development environment supports Ubuntu 1604 (or above), and Windows 10 with Python3 64bit.


The installation steps are similar with installing from source code. But the installation links to code directory, so that code changes can be applied to installation as easy as possible.

1. Clone source code

git clone

Note, if you want to contribute code back, it needs to fork your own NNI repo, and clone from there.

2. Install from source code


make dev-easy-install


powershell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -file install.ps1 -Development

3. Check if the environment is ready

Now, you can try to start an experiment to check if your environment is ready. For example, run the command

nnictl create --config examples/trials/mnist-tfv1/config.yml

And open WebUI to check if everything is OK

4. Reload changes


Nothing to do, the code is already linked to package folders.


  • If src/nni_manager is changed, run yarn watch under this folder. It will watch and build code continually. The nnictl need to be restarted to reload NNI manager.
  • If src/webui or src/nasui are changed, run yarn start under the corresponding folder. The web UI will refresh automatically if code is changed.

5. Submit Pull Request

All changes are merged to master branch from your forked repo. The description of Pull Request must be meaningful, and useful.

We will review the changes as soon as possible. Once it passes review, we will merge it to master branch.

For more contribution guidelines and coding styles, you can refer to the contributing document.