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Installation guide

This guide describes how to install HappyBase.

Setting up a virtual environment

The recommended way to install HappyBase and Thrift is to use a virtual environment created by virtualenv. Setup and activate a new virtual environment like this:

$ virtualenv envname
$ source envname/bin/activate

If you use the virtualenvwrapper scripts, type this instead:

$ mkvirtualenv envname

Installing the HappyBase package

The next step is to install HappyBase. The easiest way is to use pip to fetch the package from the Python Package Index (PyPI). This will also install the Thrift package for Python.

(envname) $ pip install happybase


Generating and installing the HBase Thrift Python modules (using thrift --gen py on the .thrift file) is not necessary, since HappyBase bundles pregenerated versions of those modules.

Testing the installation

Verify that the packages are installed correctly:

(envname) $ python -c 'import happybase'

If you don't see any errors, the installation was successful. Congratulations!

Next steps

Now that you successfully installed HappyBase on your machine, continue with the :doc:`user guide <user>` to learn how to use it.

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