How do I install Python packages on Windows?


I'm having a hard time setting up python packages. EasyInstall from SetupTools is supposed to help that, but they don't have an executable for Python 2.6.

For instance to install Mechanize, I'm just supposed to put the Mechanize folder in C:\Python24\Lib\site-packages according to INSTALL.txt, but runnning the tests does not work. Can someone help shed some light on this? Thanks!

11/24/2014 11:17:41 PM

Accepted Answer

The accepted answer is outdated. So first, pip is preferred over easy_install, (Why use pip over easy_install?). Then follow these steps to install pip on Windows, it's quite easy.

  1. Install setuptools:

    curl | python
  2. Install pip:

    curl | python
  3. Optionally, you can add the path to your environment so that you can use pip anywhere. It's somewhere like C:\Python33\Scripts.

5/23/2017 12:10:43 PM

Newer versions of Python for Windows come with the pip package manager. (source)

pip is already installed if you're using Python 2 >=2.7.9 or Python 3 >=3.4

Use that to install packages:

cd C:\Python\Scripts\
pip.exe install <package-name>

So in your case it'd be:

pip.exe install mechanize

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