Installing pSysmon

You can install pSysmon in you main python environment or you can create a well defined python environment using the virtualenvwrapper. How to setup the virtual environment for pSysmon is described in Creating a pSysmon development environment with virtualenv. To install the required python packages, you can either install all needed packages from the PyPi repository using pip or you can use the prepared packages of your Linux distribution. I recommend using pip, which ensures that you install the most recent version of the package.

Installing required packages using pip

A list of the required packages to run pSysmon is given in the Requirements section.

You can install all required packages using pip. If your python system doesn't have pip already installed, you can install it following the pip installation instructions.

A detailed description how to install the dependencies using pip is given in Installing the packages required by pSysmon.

Installing required packages using the Linux package management (Ubuntu/Debian)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python 
sudo apt-get install python-dev
sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo apt-get install python-numpy
sudo apt-get install python-scipy
sudo apt-get install python-matplotlib
sudo apt-get install python-mpltoolkits.basemap
sudo apt-get install python-lxml
sudo apt-get install python-mysqldb
sudo apt-get install python-sqlalchemy
sudo apt-get install python-imaging
sudo apt-get install python-cairo
sudo apt-get install python-wxversion
sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Additionally the obspy package has to be installed. The obspy package can't be found in the standard repository of a linux distribution, but the obspy development team provides an apt repository. Follow the instructions at Installation on Linux via Apt Repository to install the latest obspy release from the repository.

Alternatively you can install obspy using pip:

pip install obspy

If you have pip installed at your system, you can use it to install pSysmon directly from the tarball of your downloaded pSysmon release.


pSysmon uses some code which needs to be compiled, therefore the script should be used to build all needed libraries. Just setting the PYTHON_PATH to the psysmon directory is not sufficient. To install pSysmon in the vitural environment in a way that it still can be updated using git and edited one should use the –editable (-e) option of the pip install command. The editable option requires a path to the folder which contains the psysmon file: pip install -e PATH_TO_FOLDER_CONTAINING_SETUP.PY.

(psysmonDev)user@computer ~$ pip install -e psysmon

This will create a psysmon.egg-link file in the folder $VIRTUAL_ENV/lib/python2.7/site-packages and an entry to the psysmon path in the file $VIRTUAL_ENV/lib/python2.7/site-packages/easy-install.pth.

If you don't want to use pip, you can extract the downloaded pSysmon source tarball and run the script:

python install

Depending on your configuration this will install psysmon in your python site-packages or the dist-packages folder. It depends on your linux distribution where the site-packages or dist-packages folder is located (e.g. Mint Linux: /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages).

If you are using a virtual environment as described in Setting up a virtual environment, than the psysmon files are installed in VIRTUALENV_DIR/lib/python2.7/site-packages.