Getting Started (for Developers)


See the designs folder, and compile the private documentation locally:

cargo doc --document-private-items --open --no-deps

Minimum Supported Rust Version

The project is expected to work on MSRV of 1.47.0.



You will need rustup to install a rust toolchain.

If you plan to work on the web-ui, you may also need npm for setting up some parts.

brew install npm


You will need rustup to install a rust toolchain.

You will also need some system libraries to build this:

libudev-devel sqlite3-devel libopenssl-devel npm-default

Get involved

To get started, you'll need to fork or branch, and we'll merge based on PR's.

If you are a contributor to the project, simply clone:

git clone

If you are forking, then Fork in github and clone with:

git clone
cd kanidm
git remote add myfork<YOUR USERNAME>/kanidm.git

Select an issue (always feel free to reach out to us for advice!), and create a branch to start working:

git branch <feature-branch-name>
git checkout <feature-branch-name>
cargo test

When you are ready for review (even if the feature isn't complete and you just want some advice)

cargo test
git commit -m 'Commit message' ...
git push <myfork/origin> <feature-branch-name>

If you get advice or make changes, just keep commiting to the branch, and pushing to your branch. When we are happy with the code, we'll merge in github, meaning you can now clean up your branch.

git checkout master
git pull
git branch -D <feature-branch-name>


If you are asked to rebase your change, follow these steps:

git checkout master
git pull
git checkout <feature-branch-name>
git rebase master

Then be sure to fix any merge issues or other comments as they arise. If you have issues, you can always stop and reset with:

git rebase --abort

Development Server Quickstart for Interactive Testing

After getting the code, you will need a rust environment. Please investigate rustup for your platform to establish this.

Once you have the source code, you need certificates to use with the server. I recommend using let's encrypt, but if this is not possible, please use our insecure cert tool. Without certificates authentication will fail.

mkdir insecure
cd insecure

You can now build and run the server with the commands below. It will use a database in /tmp/kanidm.db

cd kanidmd
cargo run -- recover_account -c ./server.toml -n admin
cargo run -- server -c ./server.toml

In a new terminal, you can now build and run the client tools with:

cd kanidm_tools
cargo run -- --help
cargo run -- login -H https://localhost:8443 -D anonymous -C ../insecure/ca.pem
cargo run -- self whoami -H https://localhost:8443 -D anonymous -C ../insecure/ca.pem
cargo run -- login -H https://localhost:8443 -D admin -C ../insecure/ca.pem
cargo run -- self whoami -H https://localhost:8443 -D admin -C ../insecure/ca.pem

Building the Web UI

NOTE: There is a pre-packaged version of the Web UI at /kanidmd_web_ui/pkg/, which can be used directly. This means you don't need to build the Web UI yourself

The web UI uses rust wasm rather than javascript. To build this you need to set up the environment.

cargo install wasm-pack
npm install --global rollup

Then you are able to build the UI.

cd kanidmd_web_ui/

The "developer" profile for kanidmd will automatically use the pkg output in this folder.

Setting different developer profiles while building is done by setting the environment variable KANIDM_BUILD_PROFILE to one of the bare filename of the TOML files in /profiles. For example: KANIDM_BUILD_PROFILE=release_suse_generic cargo build --release --bin kanidmd