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Set Up Your Local Python Environment

Use the below to install python libraries that “normally” would be installed in a system directory such as /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y. Use the --user flag with the pip tool to install to a directory you have control over as a user. Here are more details:

  • --user installs in the directory specified in site.USER_SITE
    • example: ~/.local/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages
  • add this folder to your PATH (in ~/.bash_profile file):
    • export PATH=$PATH:~/.local/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages

Here is an example:

pip install --user mypackage

An alternative to this is to use python virtual environments


set_up_your_own_python_environment.txt · Last modified: 2020/11/03 05:31 by peteyboy