Let's get our tutorial environment setup. Most of the setup work is in standard Python development practices (install Python, make an isolated environment, and setup packaging tools.)
Pyramid encourages standard Python development practices with packaging tools, virtual environments, logging, and so on. There are many variations, implementations, and opinions across the Python community. For consistency, ease of documentation maintenance, and to minimize confusion, the Pyramid documentation has adopted specific conventions.
This Quick Tutorial is based on:
- Python 3.3. Pyramid fully supports Python 3.2+ and Python 2.6+. This tutorial uses Python 3.3 but runs fine under Python 2.7.
- pyvenv. We believe in virtual environments. For this tutorial,
we use Python 3.3's built-in solution, the
pyvenvcommand. For Python 2.7, you can install
- setuptools and easy_install. We use
easy_installfor package management.
- Workspaces, projects, and packages. Our home directory will contain a tutorial workspace with our Python virtual environment(s) and Python projects (a directory with packaging information and Python packages of working code.)
- Unix commands. Commands in this tutorial use UNIX syntax and paths. Windows users should adjust commands accordingly.
Pyramid was one of the first web frameworks to fully support Python 3 in October 2011.
- Install Python 3.3 or greater
- Create a project directory structure
- Set an Environment Variable
- Create a Virtual Environment
- Install setuptools (Python packaging tools)
- Install Pyramid
Install Python 3.3 or greater¶
Download the latest standard Python 3.3+ release (not development release) from python.org. On that page, you must click the latest version, then scroll down to the "Downloads" section for your operating system.
Windows and Mac OS X users can download and run an installer.
Windows users should also install the Python for Windows extensions. Carefully read the
README.txt file at the end of the list of builds, and follow its
directions. Make sure you get the proper 32- or 64-bit build and Python
Linux users can either use their package manager to install Python 3.3 or may build Python 3.3 from source.
Create a project directory structure¶
We will arrive at a directory structure of
workspace->project->package, with our workspace named
quick_tutorial. The following diagram shows how this is structured
and where our virtual environment will reside:
For Linux, the commands to do so are as follows:
# Mac and Linux $ cd ~ $ mkdir -p projects/quick_tutorial $ cd projects/quick_tutorial
# Windows c:\> cd \ c:\> mkdir projects\quick_tutorial c:\> cd projects\quick_tutorial
In the above figure, your user home directory is represented by
your home directory, all of your projects are in the
This is a general convention not specific to Pyramid that many developers use.
Windows users will do well to use
c:\ as the location for
order to avoid spaces in any of the path names.
projects is your workspace directory, here named
quick_tutorial. A workspace is a common term used by integrated
development environments (IDE) like PyCharm and PyDev that stores
isolated Python environments (virtualenvs) and specific project files
Set an Environment Variable¶
This tutorial will refer frequently to the location of the virtual environment. We set an environment variable to save typing later.
# Mac and Linux $ export VENV=~/projects/quick_tutorial/env33/ # Windows # TODO: This command does not work c:\> set VENV=c:\projects\quick_tutorial\env33
Create a Virtual Environment¶
The current state of isolated Python environments using
pyvenv on Windows is suboptimal in comparison to Mac and Linux. See
http://stackoverflow.com/q/15981111/95735 for a discussion of the issue
and PEP 453 for a proposed
pyvenv is a tool to create isolated Python 3.3 environments, each
with its own Python binary and independent set of installed Python
packages in its site directories. Let's create one, using the location
we just specified in the environment variable.
# Mac and Linux $ pyvenv $VENV # Windows c:\> c:\Python33\python -m venv %VENV%
setuptools (Python packaging tools)¶
The following command will download a script to install
pipe it to your environment's version of Python.
# Mac and Linux $ wget https://bitbucket.org/pypa/setuptools/raw/bootstrap/ez_setup.py -O - | $VENV/bin/python # Windows # # Use your web browser to download this file: # https://bitbucket.org/pypa/setuptools/raw/bootstrap/ez_setup.py # # ...and save it to: # c:\projects\quick_tutorial\ez_setup.py # # Then run the following command: c:\> %VENV%\Scripts\python ez_setup.py
wget complains with a certificate error, then run this command instead:
# Mac and Linux $ wget --no-check-certificate https://bitbucket.org/pypa/setuptools/raw/bootstrap/ez_setup.py -O - | $VENV/bin/python
We have our Python standard prerequisites out of the way. The Pyramid part is pretty easy:
# Mac and Linux $ $VENV/bin/easy_install "pyramid==1.5.6" # Windows c:\> %VENV%\Scripts\easy_install "pyramid==1.5.6"
Our Python virtual environment now has the Pyramid software available.
You can optionally install some of the extra Python packages used during this tutorial:
# Mac and Linux $ $VENV/bin/easy_install nose webtest deform sqlalchemy \ pyramid_chameleon pyramid_debugtoolbar waitress \ pyramid_tm zope.sqlalchemy # Windows c:\> %VENV%\Scripts\easy_install nose webtest deform sqlalchemy pyramid_chameleon pyramid_debugtoolbar waitress pyramid_tm zope.sqlalchemy
easy_install and not
pip? Pyramid encourages use of namespace
packages, for which
pip's support is less-than-optimal. Also, Pyramid's
dependencies use some optional C extensions for performance: with
easy_install, Windows users can get these extensions without needing
a C compiler (
pip does not support installing binary Windows
distributions, except for
wheels, which are not yet available for