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3: Developer environment

Setting up your environment

Before you start your project, verify the following:

  • You have an internet connection and access to a shell terminal on your local macOS or Linux computer.

  • You have a command line interface (CLI) window open. This window is also referred to as the 'terminal' window.

  • You have stopped any local execution environment processes running on your computer.

  • You have downloaded and installed the IC SDK package as described in the installing the IC SDK page.

  • You have a code editor installed. The VSCode IDE is a popular choice.

  • You have downloaded and installed git.

  • Assure that all packages and tools above are updated to the latest release versions.

Next steps

After following the steps above, you're ready to get started developing backend canisters with Motoko! To get started, check out the Motoko quick start guide.