Conan can be installed in many Operating Systems. It has been extensively used and tested in Windows, Linux (different distros), OSX, and is also actively used in FreeBSD and Solaris SunOS. There are also several additional operating systems on which it has been reported to work.
There are three ways to install conan:
The preferred and strongly recommended way to install Conan is from PyPI, the Python Package Index, using the
There are other available installers for different systems, which might come with a bundled python interpreter, so that you don’t have to install python first. Please note that some of these installers might have some limitations, specially those created with pyinstaller (such as Windows exe & Linux deb).
Running conan from sources.
Install with pip (recommended)
To install Conan using
pip, you need a python 2.7 or 3.X distribution installed in your machine. Modern python distros come
with pip pre-installed. However, if necessary you can install pip by following the instructions in pip docs.
Python 2 will by deprecated soon by the Python maintainers. It is strongly recommended to use Python 3 for conan, especially if need to manage non-ascii filenames or file contents. Conan still supports Python 2, but some of the dependencies have started to be Python 3 only too. The roadmap for deprecating Python 2 support in Conan will be defined soon.
$ pip install conan
Please READ carefully
Make sure that your pip installation matches your python (2.7 or 3.X) one.
In Linux if you want to install it globally, you might need sudo permissions.
We strongly recommend using virtualenvs (virtualenvwrapper works great) for everything python related
In Windows and with Python 2.7, you might need to use 32bits python distribution (which is the Windows default one), instead of 64 bits.
In OSX, specially latest versions that might have System Integrity Protection, pip might fail. Try with virtualenvs, or install with other user
$ pip install --user conan.
If you are in Windows, and using python <3.5, you might have problems if python is installed in a path with spaces, like “C:/Program Files(x86)/Python”. This is a known python’s limitation, not Conan’s. Install python in a path without spaces, use a virtualenv in another location or upgrade your python installation.
In some Linux distros, like Linux Mint, it is possible that you need a restart (shell restart, or logout/system if not enough) after installation, so Conan is found in the path.
Windows, Python 3 installation can fail installing the
wraptdependency because a bug in pip. Information about the issue and workarounds is here: https://github.com/GrahamDumpleton/wrapt/issues/112.
Install from brew (OSX)
There is a brew recipe, so in OSX, you can install Conan as follows:
$ brew update
$ brew install conan
Install from AUR (Arch Linux)
You can find the package here. The easiest way is using pacaur tool:
$ pacaur -S conan
Or you can also use
makepkg and install it following the AUR docs: installing packages.
Just remember to install four Conan dependencies first. They are not in the official repositories but there are in AUR repository too:
Install the binaries
Go to the conan website and download the installer for your platform!
Execute the installer. You don’t need to install python.
Let’s check if conan is correctly installed. In your console, run the following:
You will see something similar to:
install Installs the requirements specified in a conanfile (.py or .txt).
config Manages configuration. Edits the conan.conf or installs config files.
get Gets a file or list a directory of a given reference or package.
info Gets information about the dependency graph of a recipe.
Install from source
You can run conan directly from source code. First you need to install Python 2.7 or Python 3 and pip.
Clone (or download and unzip) the git repository and install its requirements:
$ git clone https://github.com/conan-io/conan.git
$ cd conan
$ pip install -r conans/requirements.txt
Create a script to run Conan and add it to your
conan_repo_path = "/home/your_user/conan" # ABSOLUTE PATH TO CONAN REPOSITORY FOLDER
from conans.client.command import main
You should see the Conan commands help.