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Building PySide on a Linux System (Ubuntu 12.04 - 14.04)

Installing prerequisites

  1. Install build dependencies:

    $ sudo apt-get install build-essential git cmake libqt4-dev libphonon-dev python2.7-dev libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev qtmobility-dev libqtwebkit-dev
    
  2. Install latest pip distribution into the Python you installed in the first step: download get-pip.py and run it using the python interpreter of your Python 2.7 installation using a command prompt:

    $ wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py
    $ sudo python2.7 get-pip.py
    
  3. Install latest wheel distribution:

    $ sudo pip2.7 install wheel
    

Building PySide distribution

  1. Download PySide source distribution:

    $ wget https://pypi.python.org/packages/source/P/PySide/PySide-1.2.4.tar.gz
    
  2. Extract the source distribution:

    $ tar -xvzf PySide-1.2.4.tar.gz
    
  3. Switch to the distribution directory:

    $ cd PySide-1.2.4
    
  4. Build the wheel binary distribution:

    $ python2.7 setup.py bdist_wheel --qmake=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4
    
  5. Optionally you can build standalone version of distribution with embedded Qt libs:

    $ python2.7 setup.py bdist_wheel --qmake=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4 --standalone
    

Building PySide distribution from a Git repository

  1. Clone PySide setup scripts from git repository:

    $ git clone https://github.com/PySide/pyside-setup.git pyside-setup
    
  2. Switch to the pyside-setup directory:

    $ cd pyside-setup
    
  3. Build PySide distribution:

    $ python2.7 setup.py bdist_wheel --qmake=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4 --version=1.2.4
    
  4. Optionally you can build standalone version of distribution with embedded Qt libs:

    $ python2.7 setup.py bdist_wheel --qmake=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4 --version=1.2.4 --standalone
    
  5. To build the development version of PySide distribution, ignore the --version parameter:

    $ python2.7 setup.py bdist_wheel --qmake=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4
    

Installing PySide distribution

  1. After the successful build, install the distribution with pip. The file name may vary depending on your platform so look into the dist directory for the correct name:

    $ ls dist
    PySide-1.2.4-cp27-none-linux-x86_64.whl
    $ sudo pip2.7 install dist/PySide-1.2.4-cp27-none-linux-x86_64.whl
    

Installing PySide distribution into virtual Python environment

  1. Install latest virtualenv distribution:

    $ sudo pip2.7 virtualenv
    
  2. Use virtualenv to make a workspace:

    $ virtualenv-2.7 env
    
  3. Switch to the env directory:

    $ cd env
    
  4. Install the distribution with pip (wheel binary file name may vary by platform):

    $ bin/pip2.7 install ../dist/PySide-1.2.4-cp27-none-linux-x86_64.whl