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Installation and Setup#

The LlamaIndex ecosystem is structured using a collection of namespaced packages.

What this means for users is that LlamaIndex comes with a core starter bundle, and additional integrations can be installed as needed.

A complete list of packages and available integrations is available on LlamaHub.

Quickstart Installation from Pip#

To get started quickly, you can install with:

pip install llama-index

This is a starter bundle of packages, containing

  • llama-index-core
  • llama-index-legacy # temporarily included
  • llama-index-llms-openai
  • llama-index-embeddings-openai
  • llama-index-program-openai
  • llama-index-question-gen-openai
  • llama-index-agent-openai
  • llama-index-readers-file
  • llama-index-multi-modal-llms-openai

NOTE: LlamaIndex may download and store local files for various packages (NLTK, HuggingFace, ...). Use the environment variable "LLAMA_INDEX_CACHE_DIR" to control where these files are saved.

Important: OpenAI Environment Setup#

By default, we use the OpenAI gpt-3.5-turbo model for text generation and text-embedding-ada-002 for retrieval and embeddings. In order to use this, you must have an OPENAI_API_KEY set up as an environment variable. You can obtain an API key by logging into your OpenAI account and and creating a new API key.


You can also use one of many other available LLMs. You may need additional environment keys + tokens setup depending on the LLM provider.

Check out our OpenAI Starter Example

Custom Installation from Pip#

If you aren't using OpenAI, or want a more selective installation, you can install individual packages as needed.

For example, for a local setup with Ollama and HuggingFace embeddings, the installation might look like:

pip install llama-index-core llama-index-readers-file llama-index-llms-ollama llama-index-embeddings-huggingface

Check out our Starter Example with Local Models

A full guide to using and configuring LLMs is available here.

A full guide to using and configuring embedding models is available here.

Installation from Source#

Git clone this repository: git clone Then do the following:

  • Install poetry - this will help you manage package dependencies
  • poetry shell - this command creates a virtual environment, which keeps installed packages contained to this project
  • poetry install - this will install the core starter package requirements
  • (Optional) poetry install --with dev, docs - this will install all dependencies needed for most local development

From there, you can install integrations as needed with pip, For example:

pip install -e llama-index-integrations/llms/llama-index-llms-ollama