Wheel file installation

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How do I install a .whl file?

I have the wheel library, but I don’t know how to use it to install those files. I have the .whl file, but I don’t know how to run it.

You normally use a tool like pip to install wheels. Leave it to the tool to discover and download the file if this is for a project hosted on PyPI.

For this to work, you do need to install the wheel package:

pip install wheel

You can then tell pip to install the project (and it’ll download the wheel if available), or the wheel file directly:

pip install project_name  # discover, download and install
pip install wheel_file.whl  # directly install the wheel

The wheel module, once installed, also is runnable from the command line, you can use this to install already-downloaded wheels:

python -m wheel install wheel_file.whl

Also see the wheel project documentation.

If you already have a wheel file (.whl) on your PC, then just go with the following code:

cd ../user
pip install file.whl

If you want to download a file from web, and then install it, go with the following in command line:

pip install package_name

Or, if you have the URL:

pip install http//websiteurl.com/filename.whl

This will for sure install the required file.

Note: I had to type pip2 instead of pip while using Python 2.

You can follow the below command to install using the wheel file at your local system:

pip install /users/arpansaini/Downloads/h5py-3.0.0-cp39-cp39-macosx_10_9_x86_64.whl


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