The most popular way to install the new Python package or library is to use
easy_install as introduced in Python tutorial installation section.
But sometimes you couldn’t use these tools because of some restrictions like limited internet access. Here we will show you how to install a new Python package with a .whl file.
Python Wheel File Type
Python wheel file or in abbreviation .whl file is a specially formatted zip archive as a Python built-package. It contains all the installation files and could be installed by only unpacking the file.
How to Install Python .Whl (Wheel) File
pipis already installed
pip.exeis not recognized, install it with the
pipinstallation tutorial. Or you could check whether it is in the Python scripts directory, but the path of the script is not in the system variable. Then you could simply add the Python scripts path to the system variable
C:\Python\Scriptsshould be updated to your own Python installation directory.
You could download the unofficial windows binary for Python extension packages from this trustable UCI website https://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#jpype.
For example, if you have downloaded
pycairo-1.16.3-cp27-cp27m-win32.whlto the folder
C:\Downloads\. Use the command below to install the
pip install C:\Downloads\pycairo-1.16.3-cp27-cp27m-win32.whl
It’s done. Good luck!