Our tools are built in Python and can be used in Jupyter notebooks, scripts, and other libraries and programs. All of our software is compatible with Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Getting Python

In order to start using the Fatiando tools you need to install a Python distribution. We recommend using Anaconda. You can find detailed instructions on how to install it on any operating system in the Software Carpentry setup instructions.

Install the latest tools

Once you’ve finished setting up Python, you can install all of the latest Fatiando tools.

The recommended method is using the conda package manager with a single command:

conda install verde harmonica boule pooch --channel conda-forge

Alternatively, you can use the pip package manager:

pip install verde harmonica boule pooch


Run these commands in a terminal (Linux/Mac) or “Anaconda prompt” (Windows).

Installing the legacy fatiando package


The old fatiando package is not currently maintained or developed, meaning that it won’t get bug fixes or new features. The purpose of these instructions are for legacy use only, in order to run old code to check reproducibility of results.


If you are working on some new research or data analysis, we strongly recommend using the latest tools instead.

If you need to install the old fatiando package, you can still do so through conda. Please note the following instructions were only tested under a GNU/Linux distribution, so we don’t guarantee that they will also work on a different OS.

Since the old fatiando runs on Python 2.7, a deprecated version of Python, you need to create a separate environment for our installation in order to avoid conflicts with your Anaconda installation.

Create a new environment and install the required packages:

conda create --name fatiando-legacy -c conda-forge python=2.7 numpy=1.10 scipy=1.2 matplotlib=2.2 pillow=6.2 future=0.18 numba=0.43 pytest=4.6 fatiando=0.5

Activate the newly created environment:

conda activate fatiando-legacy

And test your installation:

python -c "import fatiando; fatiando.test()"

You should see a green dot after each test is run and no red F.

The documentation for the legacy fatiando package is available at