Self-Hosting With Docker

If you want to run Inquest on your own computer, it takes just three steps.


Inquest is only verified to work with python versions 3.7 and later

If you just want to try it out quickly with less installation follow this guide on how to set it up with Inquest Cloud. It's also free, but it takes less work to set up.

1. Setup Up The Inquest API Server & Frontend

First, clone our repo

git clone

Then, once inside the directory, you simply have to run

docker-compose up

to get services running. By default the frontend dashboard will be located at localhost:3000 and the api backend will be at localhost:4000.


If you haven't installed docker, Here's a link to get started, and to install docker-compose simply run pip install docker-compose

2. Install It With pip

Just run

pip install inquest

Make sure to add it to your requirements.txt.

3. Import It Into Your Code

initialize it once at the start of your python script. For a normal python script that just means putting it before the first line that's run.

import inquest
def main():
inquest.enable(api_key='<YOUR_API_KEY_HERE>', glob=["", "some_subdirectory/**/*.py"])
if __name__ == '__main__':

Retrieve your api_key from the sidebar after you log into in the dashboard. Put the files you want to have access to in dashboard into the glob parameter.

More Info On Globbing Files

To upload all python files are in the directory my_directory, the glob my_directory/**/*.py will verify and upload all these files. The files will be uploaded securely to backend so you can view it in the dashboard. Once you've uploaded them, you can delete them any time.

Glob takes in any list of valid python globs. So for more complex use cases, read python's standard library on globs.

We check against the files' hashes so files are only uploaded if they've been modified between runs.

What's Next?

You're set up! Now just run your python script like you usually do, and go to localhost:3000 on your browser to get access to your own personal copy of Inquest.