Preparing for installation on Windows¶
We explain here how to prepare a proper Python development environment for use with Reahl on Windows. When you’ve done this, you still need to install Reahl itself in a virtualenv – (but that’s a one-liner).
Python and basic development tools¶
On Windows, you need to install Python and a number of standard Python development tools.
Installing all of this is explained excellently on The Hitchhiker’s guide to Python.
Here is the super-short summary:
Download Python 2.7 from the official website, and install it.
Ensure that your path includes both the directory where the Python executable is located as well as Python’s “Scripts” directory.
- Install setuptools:
- download ez_setup.py from the setuptools project on bitbucket.
- run ez_setup.py (right-click, then choose “Open with > Python”)
- Install virtualenv (don’t bother with pip, it cannot install binary packages needed for Windows):
- In a command prompt window, execute:
Remember to go back and install Reahl itself in a virtualenv!