This documentation outlines the steps necessary to download, configure, and deploy the Ed-Fi ODS (Operational Data Store) and companion API (Application Programming Interface), referred to collectively as the Ed-Fi ODS / API. The Ed-Fi ODS / API enables applications to read and write education data stored in an Ed-Fi ODS through a secure REST interface. The Ed-Fi ODS / API supports both transactional and bulk modes of operation.
For implementations that have no requirement to extend or customize the ODS/API, you may consider using the Windows Installers for the Ed-Fi ODS/API (Suite 3), as an alternative to starting from source code. If you take this approach, then ignore the information on this page, and follow the instructions provided with the installers.
This documentation is for technical professionals who work with educational data, including business analysts, database administrators, and software developers. The primary audience is developers and hosts of ODS / API platforms, but developers of client applications may find this information useful.
The Ed-Fi ODS / API technology is free to license and use. Access to the Ed-Fi repository on GitHub is required to download the Ed-Fi ODS / API technical material. Click here for more information.
Familiarity with the following technologies is required for installing and configuring the software components:
Microsoft Windows (installation and configuration)
.Net Framework 3.5
Visual Studio 2017 (Community or higher)
ASP.NET MVC 4/C#
NuGet (Package Manager)
.NET Framework 4.8 Developer Pack
.NET Core 2.2 SDK
Java Runtime Environment 8 or Higher
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 or 2017
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
The Ed-Fi ODS / API configuration described in this documentation has been tested with the following software configurations:
Windows Server 2016, Windows 10
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 (Developer Edition, Standard Edition, or Enterprise Edition)
Visual Studio 2017 version 15.9.11 (Community or higher)
JetBrains Rider 2019.1
Find out more about how to begin using the Ed-Fi ODS /API: