Installation via Conda

Installing Anaconda

Installing gospl and its dependencies stack can be a tedious and difficult.

One of the simplest way to install not only gospl, but required Python packages is with Anaconda, a cross-platform (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows) Python distribution for data analytics and scientific computing.

After running the installer, the user will have already access to some essential Python packages and will be able to install a functioning gospl environment by following the directives below.

Installation instructions for Anaconda can be found here.

A full list of the packages available as part of the Anaconda distribution can be found here.

Another advantage to installing Anaconda is that you don’t need admin rights to install it. Anaconda can install in the user’s home directory, which makes it trivial to delete Anaconda if you decide (just delete that folder).

Installing Miniconda

The previous section outlined how to get download the Anaconda distribution. However this approach means you will install well over one hundred packages and involves downloading the installer which is a few hundred megabytes in size.

If you want to have more control on which packages, or have a limited internet bandwidth, then installing gospl with Miniconda may be a better solution.

Conda is the package manager that the Anaconda distribution is built upon. It is a package manager that is both cross-platform and language agnostic (it can play a similar role to a pip and virtualenv combination).

Miniconda allows you to create a minimal self contained Python installation, and then use the Conda command to install additional packages.

First you will need Conda to be installed and downloading and running the Miniconda will do this for you. The installer can be found here

Building gospl environment

The next step consists in downloading the conda environment for gospl. A conda environment is like a virtualenv that allows you to specify a specific version of Python and set of libraries. This is done by downloading the conda-env.yml file. To do this you can use the curl:

curl --output conda-env.yml

or wget command:


This will save the file locally under the same name as it was on github: conda-env.yml.

Alternatively you can get it from your preferred web browser by clicking on the following link: conda-env.yml and saving it under the following name conda-env.yml.


gospl is not directly packaged as a Conda library because some of its dependencies are not available via this installation. The use of the environment file however provides an easy installation approach.

Once the conda-env.yml file has been downloaded on your system. The following directives provide a step-by-step guide to create a local conda environment for gospl.

Navigate to the directory containing the conda-env.yml file and run the following commands from a terminal window:

conda env create -f conda-env.yml

This will create an environment with the dependencies and packages required to run gospl.

To put your self inside this environment run:

source activate gospl-package

On Windows the command is:

activate gospl-package

To install other packages, IPython for example:

conda install ipython

To install the full Anaconda distribution:

conda install anaconda

If you need packages that are available to pip but not conda, then the pip library is already installed, and can be used to install those packages:

pip install django

To remove the environment, in your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt, run:

conda remove --name gospl-package --all

To verify that the environment was removed, in your terminal window or an Anaconda Prompt, run:

conda info –envs

The gospl-package package should not be in the list of environment anymore.