The easiest way to install megaradrp is using pip, the default Python package manager. We support also conda.

megaradrp works with Python >= 3.6.

Using PyPI and pip

To install with pip, simply run::

pip install megaradrp

The latest stable version of MEGARA DRP can be downloaded from

With pip, we recommend to work in a virtual environment, see Deployment in a virtual environment.

Using Conda

megaradrp can be installed with conda using a custom channel.

From the shell, run::

conda install -c conda-forge megaradrp

Building from source

Obtaining the source

You can obtain the source code from

Or, if you happen to have git configured, you can clone the repository:

git clone git://

Installing from source

You can install directly from the repository with:

pip install git+

If you have already downloaded the source code, you can install with:

pip install .


There is a . in the command. Do not remove it.

This command will also download and install the dependencies.

You can also install with:

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


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

If you install with pip, the depencies will be installed automatically.

Additional packages are optionally required:

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

Checking the installation

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

$ numina show-instruments
INFO: Numina simple recipe runner version 0.22.0
Instrument: MEGARA
 has configuration 'default'
 has pipeline 'default', version 1
 has pipeline 'experimental', version 1

Building the documentation

The MEGARA DRP documentation is based on sphinx.

Additional packages required to create the documentation can be installed with:

pip install .[docs]

With these packages 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/html.

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

Deployment in a virtual environment

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.

Since Python version 3.3, there is also a module in the standard library called venv with roughly the same functionality.

Create virtual environment

In order to create a virtual environment called e.g. megara using venv, run:

$ python3 -m venv megara

Activate the environment

Once the environment is created, you need to activate it. Just change directory into it and source the script bin/activate.

With bash:

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

With csh/tcsh:

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

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

(megara) $ deactivate

After you have created the environmet, you can install megaradrp in it with the pip command:

(megara) $ pip install megaradrp