Getting started

Trying pyscal

You can try some examples provided with pyscal using Binder without installing the package. Please use this link to try the package.


Supported operating systems

pyscal can be installed on Linux, Mac OS and Windows based systems.

Installation using conda

pyscal can be installed directly using Conda from the conda-forge channel by the following statement-

conda install -c conda-forge pyscal

This is the recommended way to install if you have an Anaconda distribution.

The above command installs the latest release version of pyscal and works on all three operating systems.

pyscal is no longer maintained for Python 2. Although quick installation method might work for Python 2, all features may not work as expected.

Installation using pip

pyscal is not available on pip directly. However pyscal can be installed using pip by

pip install pybind11
pip install git+

Installation from the repository

pyscal can be built from the repository by-

git clone
pip install pybind11
cd pyscal
python install --user

Using a conda environment

pyscal can also be installed in a conda environment, making it easier to manage dependencies. A python3 Conda environment can be created by,

conda create -n myenv python=3

Once created, the environment can be activated using,

conda activate myenv

In case C++11 is not available, these can be installed using,

(myenv) conda install -c anaconda gcc

Now the pyscal repository can be cloned and the module can be installed. Python dependencies are installed automatically.

(myenv) git clone
(myenv) conda install -c conda-forge pybind11
(myenv) cd pyscal
(myenv) python install
A good guide on managing Conda environments is available


Dependencies for the C++ part

Dependencies for the python part

Optional dependencies


In order to see if the installation worked, the following commands can be tried-

import pyscal.core as pc

The above code does some minimal tests and gives a value of True if pyscal was installed successfully. However, pyscal also contains automated tests which use the pytest python library, which can be installed by pip install pytest. The tests can be run by executing the command pytest tests/ from the main code directory.

It is good idea to run the tests to check if everything is installed properly.