python3 venv

Author: yifei / Created: May 30, 2017, 11:52 a.m. / Modified: May 30, 2017, 11:54 a.m. / Edit

Yifei's Notes


venv puts the current directory's name in its source code generated, so after renaming your directory, you will have to rename the activate file and the pip file.


In Python 3, there comes a virtual environment shipped with the standard lib called venv.

to create a new venv, you can simply call:

python3 -m venv <venv-name>
virtualenv VENV_NAME  # for python 2
    --system-site-pakcages to bring system packages

to activate the venv, you need source the generated shell script

source <venv-name>/bin/activate

Note: the generated activate script contains directory infomation based on your local computer and projects, so it's NOT portable.

to deactivate it:


But, in most times, we don't really care about the name of the virtual env, so let's simply call it .venv, and you can add the following to your .bashrc for convinence

alias create-venv="python3 -m venv $DEFAULT_VENV_NAME"
alias activate="source $DEFAULT_VENV_NAME/bin/activate"

after you activated you venv, there would be a prompt before your shell prompt. You can see that python3 and pip3 is set to the venv copy of python3 by running:

which python3 # -> .venv/bin/python3

if you run pip install, the packages will be install in your local venv directory, so no sudo needed!

since the venv directory is not portable, the best practice would be save your dependencies is your requirements.txt file.