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I came across this nifty little piece of software: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools to install Python packages on Windows. However, this only supports till Python 2.7. Is there an equivalent tool for Python 3? Or is Python 3 still in beta?

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This is supposed to be the new setuptools.


Well most python packages come with setup.py which make use of distutils commands:

python setup.py install

This installs the packages to the python version used to run this command.

Also pip is usefull for installation: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/pip

so First you install the distribute.

  • Download the source from the link i provided
  • Unpack
  • Run setup.py as shown above, with the python you wish to install it to. If you only have one python. plain python setup.py install will do.
  • Then download pip from the link
  • unpack
  • run setup

Now you can install python packages found in pypi, with command :

pip install packagename
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I don't understand how to use it to install Python 3 packages on Windows. Can you help me? –  pratnala Mar 6 '13 at 9:41
Added more info –  Gjordis Mar 6 '13 at 10:37
I have Python 2 and 3. So I should run setup.py from the Python 3 folder correct? –  pratnala Mar 6 '13 at 14:39
yes e.g c:\Python33\python.exe setup.py install –  Gjordis Mar 6 '13 at 14:46
Thank you so much!!!! I wish I could upvote you more than once! A lot of work was saved for me –  pratnala Mar 6 '13 at 14:51

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