Installation on Windows from Source

Robert Barsch edited this page Aug 8, 2016 · 15 revisions


Get and run the latest official Python (2.7.x or 3.5.x) installer from

The Python binary and the Scripts directory should be set within the system PATH variable. Therefore append the following to the system PATH


See for a short tutorial on changing environment variables in Windows.

C Compiler

Building ObsPy requires a C compiler. ObsPy has been successfully built using the free GNU compiler of the MinGW project (32- and 64-bit) and Microsoft Visual Studio (32- and 64-bit). See also

Git Client

In order to check out the latest developer version of ObsPy you need a Git command line client. You may find a binary installers e.g. at

Please make sure that the directory to the Git client is also included in the PATH settings (for details see step 1), e.g. add



  1. Using pre-compiled executable installers are the easiest way to install the needed packages NumPy, SciPy and matplotlib.
  2. ObsPy and further dependencies can be downloaded via pip. pip is already installed if you're using Python 2 >=2.7.9 or Python 3 >=3.4, but you'll need to upgrade pip. Download and run from the windows command line the Python script

  3. The following depended Python module are needed. Run from windows command line:

    pip install lxml sqlalchemy
  4. We strongly recommend the enhanced Python shell IPython which can be obtained via:

    pip install pyreadline ipython


Checkout the latest sources using a Git client on command line:

git clone /path/to/obspy/src

Install ObsPy by running the following command:

cd /path/to/obspy/src
python develop