The Simplest Way to Create a Python Virtual Environment09 Mar · by Tim Kamanin · 2 min read
A lot of fog and mysteries surround Python virtual environments. There are loads of packages, tools, and wrappers trying to make developer's life with virtual environments easier.
But if we look at the basics, we'll see that actually, creating a virtual environment in Python has never been easier.
Starting from Python 3.3, you can create a virtual environment by simply running the following command in a terminal:
python -m venv myblog
That's all! You've just created a Python virtual environment!
Behind the scenes, the command has created the
myblog virtual environment and the directory with the same name at your current location.
Now you can activate
myblog environment by running:
When a virtual environment is activated, any command you run in the current terminal session will use Python executable and packages installed under the
So if you run a pip install command like this:
pip install Django
It will install
Django into the
myblog virtual environment. Neat, huh?
How to deactivate a virtual environment?
If you want to leave the previously activated environment, run the following command in a terminal:
Alternatively, you could close the terminal window and achieve the same effect.
Now you know that Python virtual environment isn't a mystery anymore. So go and create one!