Installation Instructions

Pip-based Installation

SatPy is available from the Python Packaging Index (PyPI). A sandbox environment for satpy can be created using Virtualenv.

To install the satpy package and the minimum amount of python dependencies:

$ pip install satpy

Additional dependencies can be installed as “extras” and are grouped by reader, writer, or feature added. Extras available can be found in the file. They can be installed individually:

$ pip install satpy[viirs_sdr]

Or all at once, although this isn’t recommended due to the large number of dependencies:

$ pip install satpy[all]

Conda-based Installation

Starting with version 0.9, SatPy is available from the conda-forge channel. If you have not configured your conda environment to search conda-forge already then do:

$ conda config --add channels conda-forge

Then to install SatPy in to your current environment run:

$ conda install satpy


SatPy only automatically installs the dependencies needed to process the most common use cases. Additional dependencies may need to be installed with conda or pip if import errors are encountered.

Ubuntu System Python Installation

To install SatPy on an Ubuntu system we recommend using virtual environments to separate SatPy and its dependencies from the rest of the system. Note that these instructions require using “sudo” privileges which may not be available to all users and can be very dangerous. The following instructions attempt to install some SatPy dependencies using the Ubuntu apt package manager to ease installation. Replace /path/to/pytroll-env with the environment to be created.

$ sudo apt-get install python-pip python-gdal
$ sudo pip install virtualenv
$ virtualenv /path/to/pytroll-env
$ source /path/to/pytroll-env/bin/activate
$ pip install satpy