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distribute for Python

📅 2012-Jun-27 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ distribute, easy_install, python, setuptools ⬩ 📚 Archive

Why distribute?

If you try to install the setuptools module for Python 3.x 64-bit on Windows, you will find that it is not available. So, you cannot use easy_install, which is provided by setuptools, on your Python 3.x!

This is because setuptools has been abandoned and it is no longer maintained. What you will need to install is distribute. This module is a fork of setuptools that offers many enhancements. But, it also strives to offer the same tools and functionality offered by setuptools. So, distribute is there whenever something or someone needs the old setuptools on new versions of Python.

How to install it?

The easiest way to install popular Python modules  on Windows remains the Python binaries maintained by Christoph Gohlke. Just download the distribute package which matches your Python and Windows installation and install it.

Tried with: distribute 0.6.27, Python 3.2 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit