Installing pyDARNio

License: LGPL v3 Python 3.6 GitHub release (latest by date) DOI


python 3.6+

Ubuntu OpenSuse Fedora OSX
libyaml-dev python3-PyYAML libyaml-devel Xcode/pip

You can check your python version with

$ python --version or $ python3 --version


It is recommended to install pyDARNio via pip; however, please cite via the DOI for the release


pyDARNio's setup will download the following dependencies:

Virtual Environments

It is recommended to install pyDARNio in one of the suggested virtual environments if you have multiple python/pip 3 version on your computer, or do not want to affect the main system's python libraries.

The following virtual environments have been tested by pyDARNio developers:"

pip Virtual Environment

Instructions can be found here virtual environment

  1. $ python3 -m pip install --user virtualenv
  2. $ python3 -m virtualenv <environment name>
  3. $ source <environment name>/bin/activate
  4. $ pip install pydarnio


If you have already installed pydarnio you can use pip3 install --upgrade pydarnio


If you have multiple versions of python 3 on your machine, you can access a specific version by: python<version number>. For example, if you want to install python 3.6 virtual environment: python3.6 -m pip install --user virtualenv.

Anaconda Virtual Environment

Instructions can be found here conda environment and installing anaconda

  1. $ conda create -n yourenvname python=3.7 anaconda
  2. $ conda activate yourenvname
  3. $ pip install pydarnio

Adding the environment to PyCharm

To set the project interpreter to the anaconda environment:

  1. File -> Settings -> Project Folder -> Project Interpreter
  2. Click the project Interpreter drop down list and click on show all.
  3. If you don't see the environment you wish to use click the plus sign on the right side bar named "Add"
  4. Select "Conda Environment" on the left side menu.
  5. Click "Existing Environment" and give the interpreter field the path to your environment's python.exe and apply.

Local Install

pip3 install

pip3 install --user pydarnio

System Install

sudo pip3 install pydarnio

Installing for Development

$ git clone

Change directories to pyDARNio

$ git checkout develop

To install:

$ pip3 install . --user


If pip --version is pointing to python 3.6+ then you can use pip install . --user instead.


Do not install pyDARNio with python install as this may install other libraries pyDARNio requires in a local directory causing issues down the road.


Pip3 installation with Ubuntu 20.4/python 3.8.4

Issue: pip3 install --user git+ not working

Solution: 1. Check git is installed apt install git (for ubuntu) 2. Check pip version pip --version - with newer distros of Linux/Virtual machines pip may point to python3 and you will not need pip3. 3. Alternative virtual environment steps for getting python 3.8 working

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install python3-virtualenv python3-pip
$ cd ~/
$ mkdir venvs
$ virtualenv -p python3.8 ~/venvs/py38
$ echo "source $HOME/venvs/py38/bin/activate" >> ~/.bashrc

Then open a new terminal and you should see (pyy38) in the prompt.

Credit to this solution is Ashton Reimer, more details on the issue #37

If you find any problems/solutions, please make a github issue so the community can help you or add it to the documentation