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Bootstrap virtualenv without pip or easy_install

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Bootstrap Virtualenv on system without pip or easy_install

It isn’t terribly hard to get virtualenv installed, but often times it would be much easier to be able to just use a single quick command to get a virtualenv up and running.

Also, putting the instructions on how to setup a virtualenv in installation instructions is a bit redundant and not concise enough for novice python users.

This project allows you to very easily use a single command to bootstrap a virtualenv to solve these issues.

Bootstrapping a virtualenv

The idea is to be as simple as possible on a single line you can include in your installation instructions

$> wget -O- | python -

This would setup a virtualenv in the current directory under the venv directory. You can supply any of the virtualenv’s arguments after the word python and they will be passed on to the virtualenv call.

If you want to change the virtualenv’s directory and prompt for example:

$> wget -O- | python - envdir --prompt="(myenv)"

This would then create the virtualenv in the envdir directory and set the prompt for the environment to (myenv)$PS1

Bootstrapping using setuptools

You can also bootstrap virtualenv in a python project by leveraging

You just have to include the following inside your

setup_requires = [

Now you can simply put in your installation docs the following to easily bootstrap virtualenv for your project.

This would be very similar to the first wget call above.

$> python bootstrap_virtualenv

Similarity to the second wget example above, you can pass any virtualenv arguments

$> python bootstrap_virtualenv envdir --prompt="(myenv)"

This would also create a virtualenv in the envdir directory and set the prompt to (myenv)$PS1

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