Kx Academic Program

Kx supports the use of our technology by researchers and instructors at universities and academic institutions by providing free access to kdb+/q on demand as well as a free IDE tool, Kx Developer, and an open source machine learning toolkit for kdb+.

Kdb+/q is used by researchers in disciplines ranging from financial engineering, to biogenetics to astronomy. Kdb+ is also taught at a number of universities around the world.

Kdb+ plays well with others

Free, open-source, interfaces to common programming languages including Python, Matlab, R, Kafka and Julia, make it easy for researchers to perform statistical analytics on vast amounts of complex Big Data using kdb+ as an historical database platform.

For Python users, PyQ brings the Python programming language to the kdb+ database. It allows developers to integrate Python and q code seamlessly in one application. Another free tool for Python users is embedPy, which allows the kdb+ interpreter to manipulate Python objects and call Python functions.

Getting started with kdb+

Our 64-bit on demand version of kdb+ is free for non-commercial use, and is identical to the full enterprise version of kdb+. We also offer a free 32-bit version of kdb+ for non-commercial or academic use that students can install on their own computers. This version is a good way to get started with the language.  Both versions are available on Linux, MacOS and Windows. Tips on how to install kdb+ are available here.

Tutorials, research papers and essential technical information is available here. We recommend you start with our two-hour series of getting started videos on the Kx Youtube channel. Please also join the kdb+ Personal Developers Google Group to contact other members of the kdb+ community.

Join our community

Kx runs Meetups in over 130 locations around the world. Check to see if there is a Meetup near you here.

If you are affiliated with an academic or research institution and would like to discuss ways to use kdb+ in your research, or for teaching, please contact us at

Earlham Institute
Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
NASA SETI Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
Princeton University
Berkeley University of California
New York University
Stevens Institute of Technology