How to Install PyPrototype

The basic installation procedure:

  1. install Python 2.7
  2. install PyPrototype


This program requires Python 2.7 (not ready for Python 3 yet) and several additional packages. Most of the package dependencies are met by using a Python distribution (provides Python, the basic package suite, and other popular packages).

The major package requirements are:

  • PyQt4 : provides the graphical user interface widgets


It is suggested to use the Anaconda Python 2.7 distribution [1] as it contains most of the packages used by this program.

  1. use a web browser and visit:
  2. select the distribution for your operating system
  3. make sure to follow links for Python 2.7
  4. download the installer file
  5. follow the instructions to install on your computer
[1]Anaconda Python 2.7:


Install this program from the Python Package Index (PyPI) using the pip command:

pip install pyRestTable
pip install --no-deps PyPrototype

The --no-deps option tells pip not to download and attempt to build newer versions of other required packages such as lxml.

It may be necessary to install the lxml package if your distribution does not already have it installed. You can view all the installed packages using this command:

pip list

The list may have dozens or more items. To install lxml:

pip install lxml

Updating PyPrototype

To update to a newer version of PyPrototype, use this command:

pip install -U --no-deps PyPrototype

The -U option tells pip to search for and install the latest package update.

Alternative Installation steps

It is possible to install PyPrototype using steps common to Python developers, such as:

pip install


git clone install
cd pyprototype
python ./ install

Working from a GitHub clone is not recommended for regular use.