Python & Matplotlib on OSX

One day, we will hopefully have a grand unified build and package management system for Python where everything is free & open and Just Works (TM). Until then, you have two options:

brew Python + pip

  1. brew install python3
  2. pyvenv -v ~/envs/py3
  3. source ~/envs/py3/bin/activate
  4. pip install matplotlib



  1. Download and install miniconda
  2. conda create -n py3 python=3.5 matplotlib
  3. source activate py3


  1. Some members of the community maintain their own channels, but there are still some issues to be aware of when mixing those channels and the official ones. ↩︎

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