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pyenv installer

This tool installs pyenv and friends. It is inspired by rbenv-installer.


In general, compiling your own Python interpreter requires the installation of the appropriate libraries and packages. The installation wiki provides a list of these for common operating systems.

Installation / Update / Uninstallation

Once prerequisites have been installed correctly:


$ curl | bash redirects to the install script in this repository and the invocation above is equivalent to:

$ curl -L | bash

Restart your shell so the path changes take effect:

$ exec $SHELL

You can now begin using pyenv.

If you need, export USE_GIT_URI to use git:// instead of https:// for git clone.


$ pyenv update


pyenv is installed within $PYENV_ROOT (default: ~/.pyenv). To uninstall, just remove it:

$ rm -fr ~/.pyenv

then remove these three lines from .bashrc:

export PATH="$HOME/.pyenv/bin:$PATH"
eval "$(pyenv init -)"
eval "$(pyenv virtualenv-init -)"

and finally, restart your shell:

$ exec $SHELL

Using pyenv-installer on Travis CI

Travis itself uses pyenv and therefore PYENV_ROOT is set already. To make it work anyway the installation for pyenv-installer needs to look like this:

- unset PYENV_ROOT
- curl -L | bash
- export PATH="$HOME/.pyenv/bin:$PATH"
- pyenv install 3.5.2

Development and testing

The project on github contains a setup for vagrant to test the installer inside a vagrant managed virtual image.

If you don't know vagrant yet: just install the latest package, open a shell in this project directory and say

$ vagrant up
$ vagrant ssh

Now you are inside the vagrant container and your prompt should like something like vagrant@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:~$

The project (this repository) is mapped into the vagrant image at /vagrant

$ cd /vagrant
$ python install
$ echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.pyenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo 'eval "$(pyenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc
$ echo 'eval "$(pyenv virtualenv-init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc
$ source ~/.bashrc

Pyenv should be installed and responding now.

Version History


  • Remove experimental PyPi support and replace with a dummy package.


  • Initial release on PyPi.


  • Initial public release.


MIT - see License file.

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