If khal is packaged for your OS/distribution, using your system’s standard package manager is probably the easiest way to install khal:

  • pkgsrc

  • Fedora: - Fedora 22 and later:

    sudo dnf install -y khal
  • Personal repos for openSUSE:

    • openSUSE 13.1:

      sudo zypper ar -f
    • openSUSE 13.2:

      sudo zypper ar -f
  • AUR packages for ArchLinux: stable and development version.

If a package isn’t available (or it is outdated) you need to fall back to one of the methods mentioned below.

Install via Python’s Package Managers

Since khal is written in python, you can use one of the package managers available to install python packages, e.g. pip.

You can install the latest released version of khal by executing:

pip install khal

or the latest development version by executing:

pip install git+git://

This should also take care of installing all required dependencies.


khal is written in python and can run on Python 3.3+. It requires a Python with sqlite3 support enabled (which is usually the case).

If you are installing python via pip or from source, be aware that since khal indirectly depends on lxml you need to either install it via your system’s package manager or have python’s libxml2’s and libxslt1’s headers (included in a separate “development package” on some distributions) installed.