There are different ways to install Pooch:

Using the pip package manager:

python -m pip install pooch

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

conda install pooch --channel conda-forge

Using pip to install the latest unreleased version from GitHub (not recommended in most situations):

python -m pip install --upgrade git+


The commands above should be executed in a terminal. On Windows, use the cmd.exe or the “Anaconda Prompt” app if you’re using Anaconda.

Which Python?

You’ll need Python >= 3.6. See Supported Python versions if you require support for older versions.


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