This package has been superseded by the leidenalg package and will no longer be maintained.
This package implements the louvain algorithm in
C++ and exposes it to
python. It relies on
(python-)igraph for it to function. Besides the
relative flexibility of the implementation, it also scales well, and can be run
on graphs of millions of nodes (as long as they can fit in memory). The core
find_partition which finds the optimal partition using the
louvain algorithm  for a number of different methods. The methods currently
implemented are (1) modularity , (2) Reichardt and Bornholdt's model using
the configuration null model and the Erdös-Rényi null model , (3) the
constant Potts model (CPM) , (4) Significance , and finally (5)
Surprise . In addition, it supports multiplex partition optimisation
allowing community detection on for example negative links  or multiple
time slices . It also provides some support for community detection on
bipartite graphs. See the documentation for more information.
In short, for Unix:
pip install louvain. For Windows: download the binary
For Unix like systems it is possible to install from source. For Windows this
is overly complicated, and you are recommended to use the binary installation
files. There are two things that are needed by this package: the igraph
core library and the python-igraph python package. For both, please see
Make sure you have all necessary tools for compilation. In Ubuntu this can be
sudo apt-get install build-essential, please refer to the
documentation for your specific system. Make sure that not only
installed, but also
g++, as the louvain package is programmed in
Note that to compile
igraph itself, you also need to install
You can check if all went well by running a variety of tests using
There are basically two installation modes, similar to the python-igraph package itself (from which most of the setup.py comes).
Ccore library is installed yet. The packages will be compiled and linked statically to an automatically downloaded version of the
Ccore library of igraph.
Ccore library is already installed. In this case, the package will link dynamically to the already installed version. This is probably also the version that is used by the igraph package, but you may want to double check this.
In case the python-igraph package is already installed before, make sure that both use the same versions.
The cleanest setup it to install and compile the
C core library yourself
(make sure that the header files are also included, e.g. install also the
development package from igraph). Then both the python-igraph package, as well
as this package are compiled and (dynamically) linked to the same
In case of any problems, best to start over with a clean environment. Make sure
you remove the python-igraph package completely, remove the
C core library
and remove the louvain package. Then, do a complete reinstall starting from
pip install louvain. In case you want a dynamic library be sure to then
C core library from source before. Make sure you install the
There is no standalone version of louvain-igraph, and you will always need python to access it. There are no plans for developing a standalone version or R support. So, use python. Please refer to the documentation for more details on function calls and parameters.
Just to get you started, below the essential parts. To start, make sure to import the packages:
>>> import louvain >>> import igraph as ig
We'll create a random graph for testing purposes:
>>> G = ig.Graph.Erdos_Renyi(100, 0.1);
For simply finding a partition use:
>>> part = louvain.find_partition(G, louvain.ModularityVertexPartition);
Source code: https://github.com/vtraag/louvain-igraph
Issue tracking: https://github.com/vtraag/louvain-igraph/issues
See the documentation on Implementation for more details on how to contribute new methods.
Please cite the references appropriately in case they are used.
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|||Traag, V. A., Aldecoa, R., & Delvenne, J.-C. (2015). Detecting communities using asymptotical surprise. Physical Review E, 92(2), 022816. 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.022816|
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