It would be really nice to have matplotlib in my cygwin environment. I have 64-bit Windows 8 with 64-bit cygwin.

When I type:

pip install matplotlib

I get whe following error message:

 * The following required packages can not be built:
 * freetype

As per apt-cyg I have following packages already installed:

Searching for installed packages matching freetype: 

What else does it need? How to install freetype & matplotlib properly?


I had the same problem on Windows 7 64-bit; I solved it by installing the Cygwin packages pkg-config and libX11-devel before typing easy_install matplotlib==1.1.1 (the 1.3.1 version is having errors on my machine, hence the 1.1.1).

  • Thanks for suggestion, I'll try it. As for me, I just use matplotlib outside cygwin (normal Windows installation). Aug 5 '14 at 12:21

I also had the same problem on cygwin Windows 8 64-bit. I followed the advice in another response (install pkg-config and libX11-devel) but the package that finally allowed me to install matplotlib was libfreetype-devel. Then just easy_install matplotlib==1.4.2.

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