The MEGARA Pipeline package requires the following packages installed in order to be able to be installed and work properly:

Additional packages are optionally required:

  • py.test >= 2.5 to run the tests
  • sphinx to build the documentation

Installing MEGARA DRP

Using Conda

megaradrp can be installed with conda using a custom channel.

From the shell, execute::

conda install -c conda-forge megaradrp

Using pip

To install with pip, simply run::

pip install --no-deps megaradrp


The --no-deps flag is optional, but highly recommended if you already have Numpy installed, since otherwise pip will sometimes try to upgrade your Numpy installation, which may not always be desired.

Building from source

The latest stable version of MEGARA DRP can be downloaded from

To install MEGARA DRP, use the standard installation procedure:

$ tar zxvf megaradrp-X.Y.Z.tar.gz
$ cd megaradrp-X.Y.Z
$ python install

The install command provides options to change the target directory. By default installation requires administrative privileges. The different installation options can be checked with:

$ python install --help

Checking the installation

Once the installation is finished, you can check by listing the installed recipes with the command line interface tool numina:

(myenv) $ ./bin/numina show-instruments
INFO: Numina simple recipe runner version 0.13.0
Instrument: MEGARA
 has configuration 'default'
 has pipeline 'default', version 1
 has pipeline 'experimental', version 1

Development version

The development version can be checked out with:

$ git clone

And then installed following the standard procedure:

$ cd megaradrp
$ python install

Building the documentation

The MEGARA DRP documentation is base on sphinx. With the package installed, the html documentation can be built from the doc directory:

$ cd doc
$ make html

The documentation will be copied to a directory under build/sphinx.

The documentation can be built in different formats. The complete list will appear if you type make

Deployment with Virtualenv

Virtualenv is a tool to build isolated Python environments.

It’s a great way to quickly test new libraries without cluttering your global site-packages or run multiple projects on the same machine which depend on a particular library but not the same version of the library.

Install virtualenv

I install it with the package system of my OS, so that it ends in my global site-packages.

With Fedora/EL is just:

$ sudo yum install python-virtualenv

Create virtual environment

Create the virtual environment enabling the packages already installed in the global site-packages via the OS package system. Some requirements (in particullar numpy and scipy) are difficult to build: they require compiling and external C and FORTRAN libraries to be installed.

So the command is:

$ virtualenv --system-site-packages myenv

If you need to create the virtualenv without global packages, drop the system-site-packages flag.

Activate the environment

Once the environment is created, you need to activate it. Just change directory into it and load with your command line interpreter the script bin/activate.

With bash:

$ cd myenv
$ . bin/activate
(myenv) $

With csh/tcsh:

$ cd myenv
$ source bin/activate
(myenv) $

Notice that the prompt changes once you are activate the environment. To deactivate it just type deactivate:

(myenv) $ deactivate

Installing MEGARA DFP

This section described how to install the MEGARA Pipeline inside the GTC Control system.

In the following we assume that we are installing with user gcsop.

Login in the gcsop account and activate the GTC environment:

$ /opt/gcs/tools/nrp -p linux -s bash

Change working directory to /work/gcsop/src_python/gtc:

$ cd /work/gcsop/src_python/gtc
$ ls

We have to install numina under DSL and megaradrp under AL.

Please refer to Numina manual to install Numina and its dependences under Solaris 10.

Install numina

First, install all the dependencies:

  • setuptools
  • six
  • numpy >= 1.7
  • scipy
  • astropy >= 1.0
  • PyYaml
  • singledispatch

If you are installing a development version, Cython is also required.

Most are available as precompiled packages in Linux. Please refer to Numina manual to install Numina and its dependences under Solaris 10.

Then, download the source code, either from PyPI or github:

$ pwd
$ git clone
$ cd numina

Create a file numina.mod with the following content:



And then build and install using nmk:

$ nmk -t module.rebuild
$ nmk -t module.install

Install megaradrp

Change directory to /work/gcsop/src_python/gtc/AL/ and download the source code of megaradrp, either from PyPI or from github:

$ pwd
$ git clone
$ cd megaradrp

Create a file megaradrp.mod with the following content:



And then build and install using nmk:

$ nmk -t module.rebuild
$ nmk -t module.install

You can check that everything works by running the numina command line tool:

$ numina show-instruments
Instrument: MEGARA
 has configuration 'default'
 has pipeline 'default', version 1