Which Python?

You’ll need Python 2.7 or Python >=3.6 (recommended).


🚨 Python 2.7 will only be supported until the Fall of 2019. 🚨

Relases made after this date will only be compatible with Python 3.

We recommend using the Anaconda Python distribution 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 following are only required for Python 2.7:

Installing with conda

You can install pooch using the conda package manager that comes with the Anaconda distribution:

conda install pooch --channel conda-forge

Installing with pip

Alternatively, you can also use the pip package manager:

pip install pooch

Installing the latest development version

You can use pip to install the latest source from Github:

pip install

Alternatively, you can clone the git repository locally and install from there:

git clone
cd pooch
pip install .

Testing your install

We ship a full test suite with the package. To run the tests, you’ll need to install some extra dependencies first:

After that, you can test your installation by running the following inside a Python interpreter:

import pooch