Biotite requires at least Python version 3.6. If you are still using Python 2.7, you should hurry up with upgrading to Python 3.
Biotite also requires the following packages:
If you are a Linux user, you should be able to install these packages simply
via pip (Tip: Use
--only-binary :all: to ensure precompiled versions are
In case you are using Windows, it is recommended to install numpy and
matplotlib via Conda, or alternatively
Anaconda which already contains the
Some functions require some extra packages:
mdtraj - Required for trajetory file I/O operations.
matplotlib - Required for plotting purposes.
Install via Conda¶
For Conda users, for example Windows users who use the Anaconda Python distribution, the simplest way for installing Biotite is
$ conda install -c conda-forge biotite
Install from PyPI¶
By default, Biotite uses wheels for its package distribution. Simply type
$ pip install biotite
If pip finds an appropriate wheel for your system configuration on PyPI, it will download and install it. Congratulations, you just installed Biotite! If no fitting wheel is found, pip will fall back to the source distribution. If you want to prevent pip from doing that, use the following command:
$ pip install biotite --only-binary :all:
The source distribution can be used if there is no wheel available for you or you want to compile the package on your own for other reasons:
$ pip install biotite --no-binary :all:
Note that installing from source distribution requires a C-compiler (typically GCC).
Install from source¶
If you want to install Biotite from the
project repository, navigate to the
top-level directory of your local Biotite repository clone (the one
setup.py is in) and type the following:
$ pip install .
Note that this requires a C-compiler (typically GCC) and the packages cython and wheel to be installed. For convenience this Conda environment contains all runtime and build dependencies for Biotite:
conda env create -f environment.yml
Having the Biotite package always pointing to your directory containing the repository is also possible. Type the following in the top-level directory:
$ pip install -e .
To generate the wheels and source distribution for upload to PyPI (most probably you won’t need that, but just in case), simply type:
$ python setup.py bdist_wheel $ python setup.py sdist
You can find the created wheel and the source distribution in the
Common issues and solutions¶
Compiler error when building Biotite¶
There is a known problem with GCC compiler errors in some Linux distributions (e.g. Arch Linux) when building Biotite from source. Among other error lines the central error is the following:
unable to initialize decompress status for section .debug_info
While the exact reason for this error is still unknown, this can be fixed by using a GCC installed via Conda:
$ conda install -c conda-forge c-compiler
ValueError when importing Biotite¶
When importing one of Biotite’s subpackages the following error might occur:
ValueError: numpy.ufunc size changed, may indicate binary incompatibility.
The reason for this error is, that Biotite was built against a NumPy version other than the one installed. This happens for example when NumPy is updated, but Biotite is already installed. Simply reinstall Biotite to solve this issue.