Which Python?

You’ll need Python >= 3.6 (see Python version compatibility if you require support for older versions).

We recommend using the Anaconda or Miniconda Python distributions to ensure you have all dependencies installed and the conda package manager available. Installing Anaconda does not require administrative rights to your computer and doesn’t interfere with any other Python installations in your system.


The commands below should be executed in a terminal. On Windows, use the “Anaconda Prompt” app or cmd.exe if you’re not using Anaconda.


There are different ways to install Pooch:

Using the conda package manager that comes with the Anaconda/Miniconda distribution:

conda install pooch --channel conda-forge

Using the pip package manager:

python -m pip install pooch

Using pip to install the latest unreleased version from GitHub:

python -m pip install --upgrade git+


The required dependencies should be installed automatically when you install Pooch using conda or pip. Optional dependencies have to be installed manually.