Fix Python – How can I install from a git subdirectory with pip?


Asked By – J. Martinot-Lagarde

I have a git repository with many folders, one of them being a python module installable with pip, like this:


Right now I have to do the following to install:

git clone http://server/repo.git
cd repo
pip install mymodule
cd ..
rm -rf repo

Is it possible to install the module directly with pip without explicitly cloning ?

I tried:

pip install git+https://server/repo.git/mymodule/
pip install git+https://server/repo.git:mymodule/

But I get:

IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/tmp/pip-88tlLm-build/'

Now we will see solution for issue: How can I install from a git subdirectory with pip?


There is a pull request regarding this feature, and it seems to have been merged to develop branch a month ago. The syntax is the following:

pip install -e git+https://git.repo/some_repo.git#egg=version_subpkg&subdirectory=repo # install a python package from a repo subdirectory

We probably have to wait for a while until it gets merged to master and is distributed.

UPDATE: This is now available and documented at as follows:

For projects where is not in the root of project,
“subdirectory” component is used. Value of “subdirectory” component
should be a path starting from root of the project to where
is located.

So if your repository layout is:

- pkg_dir/
  -  # for package ``pkg``
- other_dir/
  - some_file
- some_other_file

You’ll need to use

pip install -e vcs+protocol://repo_url/#egg=pkg&subdirectory=pkg_dir

Note: On Windows, you must place the URL in double quotes, or you’ll get an error “‘subdirectory’ is not recognized as an internal or external command”. E.g., use:

pip install -e "vcs+protocol://repo_url#egg=pkg&subdirectory=pkg_dir"

This question is answered By – Dennis Golomazov

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