Completely graphical installation of PYME on OSX

PYME requires python (version 2.7) and a number of additional scientific packages. Although it is possible to install all packages individually, and then install PYME, by far the easiest way to get a system up and running is to install a pre-packaged ‘scientfic python’ distribution. Anaconda is one such distribution which is free for both academic and commercial use and includes extensive package management capabilities which allow us to easily distribute and update PYME on a variety of platforms. We currently provide compiled packages for 64 bit windows, OSX, and Linux.

STEP 1: Installing Anaconda

Download and install Anaconda from Choose the 64 bit version of Python 2.7 for your prefered platform. NB: Anaconda is available in both Python 2.7 and Python 3.x flavours. PYME will only work with the Python 2.7 version.

STEP 2: Installing PYME using Anaconda-navigator

NB: Those who are not afraid of the console would probably be better served by following the instructions in Installation of PYME on 64 bit Windows, OSX, or Linux. These instructions are for those who want a completely graphical method of installation. At present these instructions only work on OSX (windows to follow soon).

Having installed anaconda, run Anaconda-Navigator from the folder where you installed anaconda. This should give you a window like the one below.


Click on the “channels” button to open the channels dialog.


Click add to add the channel containing python-microscopy.


Type “david_baddeley” into the channel name box and hit enter / return.


Click update channels. This should return you the main Anaconda-Navigator window, which should refresh / reload and show a new ‘app’, python-microscopy. Click install.