Iris is available using conda for the following platforms:
Mac OSX 64-bit, and
Windows 10 now has support for Linux distributions via WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). This is a great option to get started with Iris for users and developers. Be aware that we do not currently test against any WSL distributions.
Iris currently supports and is tested against Python 3.6 and Python 3.7.
Installing Using Conda (Users)¶
To install Iris using conda, you must first download and install conda, for example from https://docs.conda.io/en/latest/miniconda.html.
Once conda is installed, you can install Iris using conda with the following command:
conda install -c conda-forge iris
If you wish to run any of the code in the gallery you will also need the Iris sample data. This can also be installed using conda:
conda install -c conda-forge iris-sample-data
Further documentation on using conda and the features it provides can be found at https://conda.io/en/latest/index.html.
Installing From Source (Developers)¶
The latest Iris source release is available from https://github.com/SciTools/iris.
Once conda is installed, you can install Iris using conda and then activate it. The example commands below assume you are in the root directory of your local copy of Iris:
conda env create --file=requirements/ci/iris.yml conda activate iris-dev
requirements/ci/iris.yml file defines the Iris development conda
environment name and all the relevant top level conda-forge package
dependencies that you need to code, test, and build the
documentation. If you wish to minimise the environment footprint, simply
remove any unwanted packages from the requirements file e.g., if you don’t
intend to run the Iris tests locally or build the documentation, then remove
all the packages from the testing and documentation sections.
requirements/ci/iris.yml file will always use the latest
Iris tested Python version available. For all Python versions that
are supported and tested against by Iris, view the contents of
the requirements/ci directory.
Finally you need to run the command to configure your shell environment to find your local Iris code:
python setup.py develop
Running the Tests¶
To ensure your setup is configured correctly you can run the test suite using the command:
python setup.py test
For more information see Running the Tests.
Custom Site Configuration¶
The default site configuration values can be overridden by creating the file
iris/etc/site.cfg. For example, the following snippet can be used to
specify a non-standard location for your dot executable:
[System] dot_path = /usr/bin/dot
An example configuration file is available in
iris.config() for further configuration options.