# Installation Basics¶

## Platform support¶

JupyterHub is supported on Linux/Unix based systems. To use JupyterHub, you need a Unix server (typically Linux) running somewhere that is accessible to your team on the network. The JupyterHub server can be on an internal network at your organization, or it can run on the public internet (in which case, take care with the Hub’s security).

JupyterHub officially does not support Windows. You may be able to use JupyterHub on Windows if you use a Spawner and Authenticator that work on Windows, but the JupyterHub defaults will not. Bugs reported on Windows will not be accepted, and the test suite will not run on Windows. Small patches that fix minor Windows compatibility issues (such as basic installation) may be accepted, however. For Windows-based systems, we would recommend running JupyterHub in a docker container or Linux VM.

Additional Reference: Tornado’s documentation on Windows platform support

## Planning your installation¶

Prior to beginning installation, it’s helpful to consider some of the following:

• deployment system (bare metal, Docker)

• Authentication (PAM, OAuth, etc.)

• Spawner of singleuser notebook servers (Docker, Batch, etc.)

• Services (nbgrader, etc.)

• JupyterHub database (default SQLite; traditional RDBMS such as PostgreSQL,) MySQL, or other databases supported by SQLAlchemy)

## Folders and File Locations¶

It is recommended to put all of the files used by JupyterHub into standard UNIX filesystem locations.

• /srv/jupyterhub for all security and runtime files

• /etc/jupyterhub for all configuration files

• /var/log for log files