This guide provides installation instructions for Plyvel.
Build and install Plyvel¶
The recommended (and easiest) way to install Plyvel is to install it into a virtual environment (virtualenv):
$ virtualenv envname $ source envname/bin/activate
Now you can automatically install the latest Plyvel release from the Python
Package Index (PyPI) using
(envname) $ pip install plyvel
(In case you’re feeling old-fashioned: downloading a source tarball, unpacking
it and installing it manually with
python setup.py install should also
The Plyvel source package does not include a copy of LevelDB itself. Plyvel requires LevelDB development headers and an installed shared library for LevelDB during build time, and the same installed shared library at runtime.
To build from source, make sure you have a shared LevelDB library and
the development headers installed where the compiler and linker can
find them. For Debian or Ubuntu something like
libleveldb1v5 libleveldb-dev should suffice.
For Linux, Plyvel also ships as pre-built binary packages
manylinux1 wheels) that have LevelDB embedded. Simply running
pip install plyvel does the right thing with a modern
a modern Linux platform, even without any LevelDB libraries on your
Plyvel 1.x depends on LevelDB >= 1.20, which at the time of writing (early 2018) is more recent than the versions packaged by various Linux distributions. Using an older version will result in compile-time errors. The easiest solution is to use the pre-built binary packages. Alternatively, install LevelDB manually on your system. The Dockerfile in the Plyvel source repository, which is used for building the official binary packages, shows how to do this.
The above installation method applies only to released packages available from PyPI. If you are building and installing from a source tree acquired through other means, e.g. checked out from source control, you will need to run Cython first. If you don’t, you will see errors about missing source files. See the developer documentation for more information.
Verify that it works¶
After installation, this command should not give any output:
(envname) $ python -c 'import plyvel'
If you see an
ImportError complaining about undefined symbols, e.g.
ImportError: ./plyvel.so: undefined symbol: _ZN7leveldb10WriteBatch5ClearEv
…then the installer (actually, the linker) was unable to find the LevelDB
library on your system when building Plyvel. Install LevelDB or set the proper
environment variables for the compiler and linker and try
Continue with the user guide to see how to use Plyvel.