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*Note*: windows support is in active development, if you are interested in helping or testing please [see the github issue](https://github.com/kanso/kanso/issues/360).
## Install CouchDB
Kanso requires >= CouchDB 1.1.x.
Download a Windows Installer package from Dave Cottlehuber’s repository on Github: https://github.com/dch/couchdb/downloads.
As of writing the most current snapshot is [1.1.1_js185](https://github.com/downloads/dch/couchdb/setup-couchdb-1.1.1_js185_otp_R14B03+fix-win32-crypto.exe).
Run the setup and install Couch as a Windows Service.
We recommend installing [Gow](https://github.com/bmatzelle/gow/wiki) because Kanso needs a working `tar` command. Gow provides many Unix utilities in the Win32 environment.
[Download the latest version](https://github.com/bmatzelle/gow/downloads) and install Gow.
toka: at least in gow 0.5 tar is broken since it does not support compressed tars
## Install Node.js
The Kanso command line tool requires Node in order to do its work. Download the Node.js Windows Installer from [the Node.js website](http://nodejs.org/), the latest version is v0.6.9 as of this writing.
C:\> node -v
C:\> npm -v
Kanso is installed via NPM (Node Package Manager). This might take a minute depending on your connection since npm downloads the kanso package:
C:\> npm install -g kanso
Then invoke the kanso binary to see the initial help output, if you see no errors, you can [dive in](http://kan.so/docs/Simplest_possible_app)!