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3. Installation

3.1. Windows Installer

Since version 1.2 of EINSTEIN there is a graphical installer for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Windows 8. The installer handles all necessary dependencies and upgrades of EINSTEIN.

Step 1:
Download the latest EINSTEIN installer EINSTEIN_N.N(plus)_windows.exe,
a bundle installer for MS-Windows 7, Vista and XP that contains not only EINSTEIN but the MySQL server, a Python environment and all dependencies in one installer.
Step 2:

Execute the file you’ve downloaded and follow the instructions of the EINSTEIN installer.

If the install is actually an update of an existing EINSTEIN installation then the database is saved as a backup into a file during the installation. By default the database is then updated to the new database schema keeping the existing projects in a consistent state.

Alternatively you can export all your projects into XML files before you install the new EINSTEIN version, and then choose during the installation to replace the database with the new default database and import you projects into this one after the installation.

Step 3:

3.2. Source Archive

If you cannot use the Windows Installer, you may want to install EINSTEIN manually from a source archive: EINSTEIN_N.N/N.N(plus) (or In that case you have to take care of the dependencies of EINSTEIN yourself.

3.2.1. Dependencies

Einstein uses the following software packages that have to be installed PREVIOUSLY to the installation of EINSTEIN itself, if you decide to install EINSTEIN manually:

3.2.2. Manual setup of EINSTEIN database

  • Free version (using MySQL)

    EINSTEIN DB manual installation on MySQL:

    Create an empty database schema DATABASENAME and a user YOURUSER with all rights granted on the created database. Read the dump file einstein.sql into the database. E.g. by opening a DOS prompt and executing: mysql -uYOURUSER -pYOURPASS DATABASENAME < C:\\MyEINSTEIN\einstein\sql\einstein.sql where you have to substitute YOURUSER, YOURPASS, DATABASENAME and the path to EINSTEIN with the ones you have chosen before. Warning This direct read in of the dump only works for EINSTEIN Version 1.2 beta1 and later as expected. The dump files of earlier versions ignore the database name and create always a database ‘einstein’ which deletes any former database of the same name.

    Configuration of MySQL password

    If you configured MySQL with a password, you have to specify this password in the EINSTEIN configuration:

    There are two possibilities

    1. edit manually the file einstein\GUI\einstein.ini and put the password there. You will see that there is no password, originally.
    2. use the option Database ‣ Database Administration in EINSTEIN, and enter your password there.

    NOTE: you have to specify the folder where the executables of MySQL are located (typically something like C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin)

  • EINSTEINplus:

    Copy the file einstein.db (either default database from C:\MyEINSTEINeinsteinsql, or your personal database from a previous EINSTEIN installation into the folder %appdata%einsteineinsteinN.Nplus (where N.N indicates the version number)

3.3. Notes on Mac OS X and Linux:

Download and extract the source version

Install Python 2.6 or later from
Note: for EINSTEINplus, Version 2.7 is required

For Mac OS X Leopard more information is also available here:

For the free EINSTEIN version (using MySQL) only:
Also install MySQL 5.1 for Mac OS X from

Then you should install all the necessary dependencies of EINSTEIN (see above).

Finally you have to create a database for EINSTEIN analog to the option EINSTEIN DB manual installation.

After that you can start einstein by changing into the
src/einstein/GUI folder and execute python