Installing new modules

Installing Python modules on PythonAnywhere

You can install new modules into PythonAnywhere by using a Bash Console

1. Using the --user flag

We've included both easy_install and pip for Python versions 2.6, 2.7 and 3.3 (the default is 2.7, use pip2.6 or pip3 / pip3.3 / easy_install-3.3 for other versions), but you'll need to pass the --user flag to them, which will install modules to a directory (.local) inside your home folder. Please note, this is quite literally --user, you don't need to replace it with your username, or to add your username to the command line!

Example: to install the pwhich module, you'd run this:

pip install --user pwhich

Do let us know if there are any packages you think should be part of our standard "batteries included".

2. Using a virtualenv

We've also included virtualenv and virtualenvwrapper, so if you create a virtualenv you can install whatever versions of various packages you want to. However, in a virtualenv, the --user is not needed. In fact using --user will cause an error in a virtualenv.

$ mkvirtualenv my-virtualenv
(my-virtualenv) $ pip install pwhich

We recommend that in any Python 2.7 virtualenv you create, you install the following security fix packages:

(my-virtualenv) $ pip install urllib3[secure] pyopenssl ndg-httpsclient pyasn1

Using virtualenvs in web apps

You need to enter the location of your virtualenv on the "Web" tab to use it in a web app. Check out the example here

3. To use Python 3

Python 3, with --user


pip3.5 install --user packagename

(installers for Python2.6 are pip2.6 and easy_install-2.6, and you can also use pip3.3 / easy_install-3.3 or pip3.4 / easy_install-3.4)

Python 3, with a virtualenv

Use the additional flag --python=python3.5, eg:

mkvirtualenv --python=python3.5 myvirtualenv

Packages requiring compilation

We provide some compilers (eg gcc, g++), but not all. If your package installation fails with an error that looks like it might have been trying to compile something, you'll need to contact us to get us to install it for you. Use the "send feedback" button.