How to install#

At least two installation modes are provided: user and developer.

For users#

In order to install ansys-tools-path, make sure you have the latest version of pip. To do so, run:

python -m pip install -U pip

Then, you can simply execute:

python -m pip install ansys-tools-path

For developers#

Installing ansys-tools-path in developer mode allows you to modify the source and enhance it.

Before contributing to the project, please refer to the PyAnsys Developer’s guide. You need to follow these steps:

  1. Start by cloning this repository:

    git clone
  2. Create a fresh-clean Python environment and activate it:

    # Create a virtual environment
    python -m venv .venv
    # Activate it in a POSIX system
    source .venv/bin/activate
    # Activate it in Windows CMD environment
    # Activate it in Windows Powershell
  3. Make sure you have the latest required build system and doc, testing, and CI tools:

    python -m pip install .[tests]
    python -m pip install .[doc]
    python -m pip install .[build]
  4. Install the project in editable mode:

    python -m pip install --editable ansys-tools-path

How to testing#

If required, you can always call the style commands (black, isort, flake8…) or unit testing ones (pytest) from the command line. However, this does not guarantee that your project is being tested in an isolated environment, which is the reason why tools like tox exist.

A note on pre-commit#

The style checks take advantage of pre-commit. Developers are not forced but encouraged to install this tool via:

python -m pip install pre-commit && pre-commit install


For building documentation, you can either run the usual rules provided in the Sphinx Makefile, such us:

make -C doc/ html && your_browser_name doc/html/index.html


If you would like to create either source or wheel files, start by installing the building requirements and then executing the build module:

python -m pip install .[build]
python -m build
python -m twine check dist/*