Local Laboratory

Getting Started


Local Laboratory enables you to seamlessly developing quant strategies on-premise and in QuantConnect Cloud, getting the best of both environments. With Local Lab, you can harness your local version control, autocomplete, and coding tools with the full power of a scalable cloud at your finger tips. We intend to keep complete feature parity with our cloud environment, allowing you to harness cloud or local datasets to power on-premise quantitative research.


QC Desktop requires Docker and the LEAN CLI. On launching the extension, we scan for these projects and prompt you to install them to continue with the extension. We run all algorithms in a Docker container to avoid installing any dependencies on your computer. The LEAN CLI is required to simplify the interactions with the cloud.


Follow these steps to install QC Desktop:

  1. Install pip.
  2. Install Docker.
  3. Install the Lean CLI.
  4. Install Visual Studio Code.
  5. Download QC Desktop from the Visual Studio Marketplace.

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