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Mac OS X install pytables and h5py

  1. Install tables - need NumPy version 1.6
  2. Get NumPy from sourceforge and install - need Python 2.7
  3. Install python 2.7 on Lion, open new terminal (or refresh path)
  4. curl | python
  5. curl | python
  6. sudo pip install ipython
  7. sudo pip install tables
  8. need numexpr > 1.4.1, 
  9. Download anc ompile numexpr -> wants to compile using gcc-4.2
  10. sudo ln -s gcc gcc-4.2
  11. sudo pip install cython
  12. Get HDf5 from
  13. /configure and compile
  14. Copy the hdf5 folder whereever you want
  15. python build --hdf5=/path/to/hdf5 (from the unzipped source of h5py)
  16. sudo python install --hdf5=/usr/local/hdf5/ (in the unzipped dir of pytables)
In contrast, to get h5py working on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install libhdf5-serial-dev
sudo easy_install h5py 


  1. Very useful. Suprisingly few links found in google for this issue.

    Thanks a lot.


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