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Installing "Easy Install"
Download `ez_setup.py <http://peak.telecommunity.com/dist/ez_setup.py>`_, and
run it; this will download and install the appropriate ``setuptools`` egg for
your Python version. (You will need at least Python 2.3.5, or if you are on a
64-bit platform, Python 2.4.) An ``easy_install`` script will be installed in
the normal location for Python scripts on your platform. (Windows users, don't
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You may receive a message telling you about an obsolete version of setuptools
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old ``pkg_resources`` module if it's present on ``sys.path``.
The ``ez_setup.py`` script accepts the same `Command-Line Options`_ and
`Configuration Files`_ as ``easy_install`` itself, so you can use them to
control its behavior. In particular, you can use the --script-dir option to
direct script installation to a custom location. You should not, however,
use custom installation locations without first reading the section below on
`Custom Installation Locations`_.
The instructions you've just read assume that:
* You are installling to Python's primary ``site-packages`` directory
* You have unrestricted internet access on the computer where you are
If you are behind an NTLM-based firewall that prevents Python programs from
accessing the net directly, you may wish to first install and use the `APS
proxy server <http://ntlmaps.sf.net/>`_, which lets you get past such firewalls
in the same way that your web browser(s) do. This will let ``ez_setup.py``
download the setuptools egg.
If you can't use APS, or don't have internet access at all, you will need to
first download the appropriate ``.egg`` file from the `setuptools PyPI page
<http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools>`_ using a computer with internet
access. Place the egg in the same directory as ``ez_setup.py`` on the target
computer before running it.
If you are installing to a custom location or do not have write access to
Python's primary ``site-packages`` directory, please also see the section below
on `Custom Installation Locations`_ for more detailed instructions.
Please see the `setuptools PyPI page <http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools>`_
for download links and basic installation instructions for each of the
You will need at least Python 2.3.5, or if you are on a 64-bit platform, Python
2.4. An ``easy_install`` script will be installed in the normal location for
Python scripts on your platform.
Note that the instructions on the setuptools PyPI page assume that you are
are installling to Python's primary ``site-packages`` directory. If this is
not the case, you should consult the section below on `Custom Installation
Locations`_ before installing. (And, on Windows, you should not use the
``.exe`` installer when installing to an alternate location.)
Note that ``easy_install`` normally works by downloading files from the
internet. If you are behind an NTLM-based firewall that prevents Python
programs from accessing the net directly, you may wish to first install and use
the `APS proxy server <http://ntlmaps.sf.net/>`_, which lets you get past such
firewalls in the same way that your web browser(s) do.
(Alternately, if you do not wish easy_install to actually download anything, you
can restrict it from doing so with the ``--allow-hosts`` option; see the
sections on `restricting downloads with --allow-hosts`_ and `command-line
options`_ for more details.)
If you want to delete the currently installed version of a package (or all
versions of a package), you should first run::
easy_install -m PackageName
easy_install -mxN PackageName
This will ensure that Python doesn't continue to search for a package you're
planning to remove. After you've done this, you can safely delete the .egg
If a site you want to download from is password-protected using HTTP "Basic"
authentication, you can specify your credentials in the URL, like so::
Release Notes/Change History
* Fix installed script .exe files not working with 64-bit Python on Windows
(wasn't actually released in 0.6c10 due to a lost checkin)
* Fix easy_install.exe giving UAC errors on Windows Vista
* Support for the most recent Sourceforge download link insanity
* Stop crashing on certain types of HTTP error
* Stop re-trying URLs that already failed retrieval once
* Fixes for various dependency management problems such as looping builds,
re-downloading packages already present on sys.path (but not in a registered
"site" directory), and semi-randomly preferring local "-f" packages over
local installed packages
* Fixed ``win32.exe`` support for .pth files, so unnecessary directory nesting
is flattened out in the resulting egg. (There was a case-sensitivity
problem that affected some distributions, notably ``pywin32``.)
* Prevent ``--help-commands`` and other junk from showing under Python 2.5
when running ``easy_install --help``.
* Changes for Jython compatibility
* Improved error message when a requirement is also a directory name, but the
specified directory is not a source package.
* Fixed ``--allow-hosts`` option blocking ``file:`` URLs
* Fixed HTTP SVN detection failing when the page title included a project
name (e.g. on SourceForge-hosted SVN)
* Fix Jython script installation to handle ``#!`` lines better when
``sys.executable`` is a script.
* Removed use of deprecated ``md5`` module if ``hashlib`` is available
* Keep site directories (e.g. ``site-packages``) from being included in
* ``ftp:`` download URLs now work correctly.