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Getting started

This section contains basic information and links to sections necessary for a quick start.


First step is to install CVAT on your system:

To learn how to create a superuser and log in to CVAT, go to the authorization section.

Getting started in CVAT

To create a task, go to Tasks section. Click Create new task to go to the task creation page.

Set the name of the future task.

Set the label using the constructor: first click Add label, then enter the name of the label and choose the color.

You need to upload images or videos for your future annotation. To do so, simply drag and drop the files.

To learn more, go to creating an annotation task



When the task is created, you will see a corresponding message in the top right corner. Click the Open task button to go to the task page.

Once on the task page, open a link to the job in the jobs list.

Choose a correct section for your type of the task and start annotation.

Shape Annotation Interpolation
Rectangle Shape mode (basics) Track mode (basics)
Polygon Annotation with polygons Track mode with polygons
Polyline Annotation with polylines
Points Points in shape mode Liner interpolation with one point
Cuboids Annotation with cuboids Editing the cuboid
Tag Annotation with tags


In CVAT there is the possibility of using automatic and semi-automatic annotation what gives you the opportunity to speed up the execution of the annotation:

Export dataset

  1. To download the annotations, first you have to save all changes. Click the Save button or press Ctrl+Sto save annotations quickly.

  2. After you saved the changes, click the Menu button.

  3. Then click the Export dataset button.

  4. Lastly choose a format of the dataset. Exporting is available in formats from the list of supported formats.

To learn more, go to export/import datasets section.

1 - Product tour

1.1 - CVAT intro

In this video, we show how to use CVAT - how to sign up, upload your data, annotate it, and download it. This video is the first one in a series that’ll guide you on our product and its many features.

1.2 - Introduction to CVAT and Datumaro

We are excited to introduce the first video in our course series designed to help you annotate data faster and better using CVAT. In this introductory 4 minute video, we walk through:

  1. what problems CVAT and Datumaro solve,
  2. how they can speed up your model training process, and
  3. some resources you can use to learn more about how to use them.