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A CLI which aims to provide an npm-like experience when working with Python packages.

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A CLI which aims to provide an npm-like experience when installing Python packages.


  • Install packages to isolated global virtual environments.

    • Executables are linked to the Python Scripts folder so you can still use the CLI without activating the venv.

    • This allows you to install different CLI tools without worrying about dependency conflicts.

  • Install packages to a local virtual environment.

    • Dependencies are stored in requirements.txt (development) and setup.cfg (production, as the install_requires option).

  • When removing a package, also remove its sub-dependencies.

  • Easily run commands in the local virtual environment.

  • Generate a lock file (requirements-lock.txt).


vpip is hosted on pypi:

pip install vpip

After installing vpip as a CLI, you can use it to install other packages (globally or locally).

Usage example


  • vpip install - Create/activate a local venv and install all dependencies.

  • vpip install configupdater - Create/activate a local venv, install configupdater, and add to production dependency.

  • vpip install -g youtube-dl - Create a venv under ~/.vpip, install youtube-dl, and link the executable (youtube-dl.exe) to the script folder.

  • vpip install -g - You can also install global CLI from a URL.


  • vpip uninstall pylint - Activate the local venv, uninstall pylint, and remove pylint from both dev/prod dependency.


  • vpip update pylint - Upgrade pylint to the compatible version.

  • vpip update pylint --latest - Upgrade pylint to the latest release.

Execute command:

  • vpip run python - Launch python REPL in the local venv.

  • vpip run pylint my_proj - Run pylint installed in the local venv.

List dependencies:

  • vpip list - List development/production dependencies.

  • vpip list --outdated - List development/production dependencies that are outdated.

  • vpip list -g - List globally installed packages.


vpip is a cross-platform CLI. Please report any compatibility issues.


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  • 0.8.0 (Apr 23, 2022)

    • Change: now vpip would try to avoid sub-dependencies conflicts by passing all dependencies to pip install when installing/updating packages.

    • Fix: now vpip update won’t install packages whose env marker evaluates to false.

  • 0.7.0 (Feb 9, 2022)

    • Change: now wheel is also pre-installed in venv like pip.

  • 0.6.0 (Jan 25, 2022)

    • Fix: make sure the script folder is in env variable path when vpip link.

    • Add: support installing global CLI from a URL.

    • Change: pip_api.install now accepts multiple packages.

    • Change: vpip update now updates sub-dependencies.

  • 0.5.0 (Jan 5, 2022)

    • Change: bump to python@3.7+

    • Change: drop pkg_resources, improve performance.

    • Change: don’t use pip internal when finding global scripts folder.

    • Fix: use utf8 encoding when reading/writing setup.cfg or requirements.txt.

  • 0.4.3 (Jan 31, 2020)

    • Fix: don’t break sub-dependencies when uninstall.

  • 0.4.2 (Nov 9, 2019)

    • Fix: generate automatically if needed.

    • Fix: use utf8 encoding when parsing pip output.

  • 0.4.1 (Nov 2, 2019)

    • Nothing is changed. Updated README and corrected some errors.

  • 0.4.0 (Nov 1, 2019)

    • Fix: rebuild egg files after doing an incompatible update.

    • Fix: clean unused packages after uninstall.

    • Add: update_venv command.

    • Breaking: and pip_api.uninstall now accept multiple packages.

  • 0.3.0 (Oct 31, 2019)

    • Support Unix system.

    • Add: generate a lock file.

  • 0.2.3 (Feb 10, 2019)

    • Fix: pypi.is_compatible treat 0.1.0 and 0.2.0 as compatible.

    • Fix: don’t include pre-release when checking updates.

    • Update dependencies.

  • 0.2.2 (Feb 2, 2019)

    • Add: link command.

  • 0.2.1 (Nov 16, 2018)

    • Add: user defined commands.

  • 0.2.0 (Nov 16, 2018)

    • Add documentation.

    • Change: console scripts will be overwritten by default, matching pip’s default behavior.

  • 0.1.0 (Nov 13, 2018)

    • First release

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