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The following chapters demonstrate different usage scenarios with recorded demos.

This page documents several options available to locally install and run Enola.


Download the enola binary, then chmod +x enola and launch it directly using ./enola (on Linux, FreeBSD & macOS); or java -jar enola (e.g. on 🪟 Windows).


enola-dl downloads the latest version (into ~/.cache/) when required, and then directly runs it. If you put this somewhere on your $PATH, e.g. into your ~/bin/, then you will automagically always be running the latest up-to-date version of Enola. (We recommend actually saving it renamed as enola instead of enola-dl, just for convenience of launching.)

As is currently implemented (using basic curl), there is a bit of a start-up time overhead for this. Future enhancements may further optimize this; e.g. check only once a day or so.

Of course, whether you are comfortable with such “Continuous Delivery”, and thus “always living at HEAD”, like in “rolling release distros”, or have any concerns with such an approach e.g. from a security perspective, is entirely your choice - YMMV.


enolac runs Enola from a Container, on Docker (or Podman, or CRI-O; locally or e.g. on Kubernetes).

It takes the exact same CLI arguments as the “regular” enola binary, but pulls it via a container image, instead of a “local installation”, as above.

It appropriately “mounts” the current working directory into the container, so that relative file: URIs should work. Absolute paths on your host won’t work, because they are not accessible to the container (“by design”).