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Packaging - Pip Install for Development

Pip install in Development#

A.k.a pip install -e

What is is a python file, the presence of which is an indication that the module/package you are about to install has likely been packaged and distributed with Distutils, which is the standard for distributing Python Modules.

Installing Modules#

If there is a in your module (or directory). You can usually install everything you need with:

pip install .

This copies the files and folders of your package/module to your python env’s ~/.virtualenvs/your-venv-name/lib/python3.7/site-packages

If you want to develop on the current module, use editable mode:

pip install -e .

This leaves the files where they are and adds a <my-module>.egg-link which is a symlink to the module folder. So you can then edit the files where they are and have it reflect in the running code.

These installation methods are preferred over the legacy:

python install