Installing dmtools

In this section, we will install the dmtools Python package. But first, what is a Python package? A Python package is essentially pre-bundled Python code that provides some functionality. For example, NumPy is a Python package (one you will get more familiar with in Working with Images in NumPy) that allows for easy manipulation of arrays. Python packages are your friend! They allow you to easily use other people’s code so you never have to re-invent the wheel and can spend more time being creative.

In installing anaconda, you should now have a program called pip which stands for Pip Installs Packages. It is a Python package manager and it is the tool we will use to install dmtools. Just run the following line.

pip install dmtools

To the verify the installation worked correctly, open a Python prompt by typing python and then type from dmtools import netpbm. If you don’t get any error messages, the instllation was a success!

Python 3.8.8 (default, Apr 13 2021, 12:59:45)
[Clang 10.0.0 ] :: Anaconda, Inc. on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> from dmtools import netpbm
>>> quit()