[Biopython] Mac installation problem

Peter Cock p.j.a.cock at googlemail.com
Sun Aug 25 19:47:19 UTC 2013

You'll need Apple's XCode for the compilers
etc, available for free on the App Store - and then
from within XCode you must install the optional
command line utilities as well.

Also, I'd recommend the old fashioned way, just
download and decompress the tar-ball, then

python setup.py build
python setup.py test
sudo python setup.py install

This should match our wiki download page,


On Sunday, August 25, 2013, Kiss, Csaba wrote:

> I have a problem installing biopython on a MAC system using the
> easy_install method. I have tried these two commands:
>  sudo easy_install -f http://biopython.org/DIST/ biopython
> sudo easy_install -U biopython
> None of them worked. I get these error messages:
> Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/biopython/
> No local packages or download links found for biopython
> error: Could not find suitable distribution for
> Requirement.parse('biopython')
> Can someone help me rectify this? I have a paper being reviewed and the
> reviewer has problems getting biopython going, which means it's pretty
> crucial for me.
> Csaba
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