The easiest way to install OpenGHG is using pip, first ensure you have a recent version of Python installed.
Checking your Python installation#
OpenGHG is developed and tested on Linux and MacOS, support for Windows is planned.
To install OpenGHG, you first need to install Python >= 3.8. To check if you have Python 3.8 installed type;
This should print out the version number of the Python you have available.
If the version number is
2.x then you must use the
python3 command, if this this is the case, try;
and see if you have a Python 3 that has a version number >= 3.8. If so, please use
python3 instead of
If you don’t have Python >= 3.8 installed, then you can install Python either via your package manager if using Linux or Homebrew on MacOS. An alternative for both platforms is anaconda.
We highly recommend creating a separate virtual environment for
openghg. This ensures the correct versions
of libraries can be installed without making changes to versions of libraries needed for other projects / programs.
First create a virtual environment
python -m venv /path/to/env/openghg_env # Activate the environment source /path/to/env/bin/activate
/path/to/env with your own path.
Next install OpenGHG
pip install openghg
First create and activate a conda environment
conda create --name openghg_env conda activate openghg_env
Next install OpenGHG from our conda channel
conda install --channel conda-forge --channel openghg openghg
OpenGHG needs to know where to create the object store it uses to store data, it does this by reading a configuration file in your home
directory. As part of the setup process we need to create this configuration file using either the
or the command line interface.
You can use the create_config function to help you make a config file. First import
In : from openghg.util import create_config In : create_config() OpenGHG configuration --------------------- Enter path for object store (default /home/gareth/openghg_store): INFO:openghg.util:Creating config at /home/gareth/.config/openghg/openghg.conf INFO:openghg.util:Configuration written to /home/gareth/.config/openghg/openghg.conf
Here I left the path to the object store blank to use the default path in my home directory.
You can also use the
openghg command line tool to get the configuration file setup.
openghg --quickstart OpenGHG configuration --------------------- Enter path for object store (default /home/gareth/openghg_store): INFO:openghg.util:Creating config at /home/gareth/.config/openghg/openghg.conf INFO:openghg.util:Configuration written to /home/gareth/.config/openghg/openghg.conf
A configuration file has been created and you’re ready to run OpenGHG. If you ever want to modify the configuration file
you can find it at
~/.config/openghg/openghg.conf. My configuration file looks like this
user_id = "47363762-2963-4a2d-8afc-dejh05380f19" [object_store] local_store = "/home/gareth/openghg_store"
If you’ve previously used OpenGHG and worked through our tutorials you might have encountered
the need to set the
OPENGHG_PATH environment variable. Now that we’ve moved to a configuration
file this is not longer used. If you previously set a custom path using the variable please update
the configuration file as below.
For developers please see the Getting setup documentation.