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Python toolkit for Tezos

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  • RPC query engine
  • Cryptography
  • Building and parsing operations
  • Smart contract interaction
  • Local forging/packing & vice versa
  • Working with Michelson AST

PyTezos CLI

  • Generating contract parameter/storage schema
  • Activating and revealing accounts
  • Deploying contracts (+ GitHub integration)

Michelson REPL

  • Builtin interpreter (reimplemented)
  • Set of extra helpers (stack visualization, blockchain context mocking)

Michelson Jupyter kernel

  • Custom interpreter with runtime type checker
  • Syntax highlighting, autocomplete with Tab
  • In-place docstrings with Shift+Tab
  • Macros support
  • Verbose execution logging
  • Debug helpers

Michelson integration testing framework

  • Writing integration tests using unittest package
  • Simulating contract execution using remote intepreter (via RPC) or builtin one


You need to install cryptographic packages before installing the library/building the project:


Ubuntu, Debian and other apt-based distributions
$ sudo apt install libsodium-dev libsecp256k1-dev libgmp-dev pkg-config
Arch Linux
$ sudo pacman -Syu --needed libsodium libsecp256k1 gmp


Homebrew needs to be installed.

$ brew tap cuber/homebrew-libsecp256k1
$ brew install libsodium libsecp256k1 gmp pkg-config
M1 (ARM)

In case secp256k1 or gmp cannot find either include or lib paths, try explicitly set environment vars:

CFLAGS="-I/opt/homebrew/Cellar/gmp/6.2.1_1/include/ -L/opt/homebrew/Cellar/gmp/6.2.1_1/lib/" LIB_DIR="/opt/homebrew/Cellar/libsecp256k1/0.1/lib" INCLUDE_DIR=/opt/homebrew/Cellar/libsecp256k1/0.1/include pip3 install --user pytezos

For running tests you might also need to export LD_LIBRARY_PATH:

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/homebrew/lib/


The recommended way is to use WSL and then follow the instructions for Linux, but if you feel lucky you can try to install natively:

  1. Install MinGW from
  2. Make sure C:\MinGW\bin is added to your PATH
  3. Download the latest from
  4. Extract the Win64/Release/v143/dynamic/libsodium.dll from the zip file
  5. Copy libsodium.dll to C:\Windows\System32\libsodium.dll

From PyPi

$ pip install wheel setuptools pkginfo cryptography
$ pip install pytezos

Google Colab

>>> !apt install libsodium-dev libsecp256k1-dev libgmp-dev
>>> !pip install pytezos

Docker container

Verified & minified images for CI/CD

$ # 1. Use image from registry
$ docker pull bakingbad/pytezos
$ # or build it yourself
$ docker build . -t pytezos
$ # 2. Use included docker-compose.yml
$ docker-compose up -d notebook

Building from sources


  • Python 3.8+
  • Poetry
  • libsodium, libsecp256k1, gmp
  • make
$ # prepare environment
$ make install
# # run full CI with tests
$ make

Quick start

Read quick start guide
Learn how to enable Jupyter with Michelson

API reference

Check out a complete API reference

Inline documentation

If you are working in Jupyter/Google Colab or any other interactive console, you can display documentation for a particular class/method:

>>> from pytezos import pytezos
>>> pytezos




  • The project was initially started by Arthur Breitman, now it's maintained by Baking Bad team.
  • Baking Bad is supported by Tezos Foundation
  • Michelson test set from the Tezos repo is used to ensure the interpreter workability
  • Michelson structured documentation by Nomadic Labs is used for inline help

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