Installation via Pip

Pip Packages

Drake publishes pre-compiled binaries as PyPI wheel packages. Refer to Supported Configurations for additional compatibility details. Drake wheels require a pip version of pip >= 20.3.

To learn about other installation methods, refer to Installation and Quickstart.

If you experience any problems with or have questions about Drake, please ask for help.

Drake binary releases incorporate a pre-compiled version of SNOPT as part of the Mathematical Program toolbox. Thanks to Philip E. Gill and Elizabeth Wong for their kind support.

Drake’s pip packages do not support the Gurobi solver. To use Gurobi, you will need to build Drake from source following the instructions in Source Installation.

Stable Releases

Drake is not tested regularly with Anaconda, so if you are using Anaconda you may experience compatibility hiccups; when asking for help, be sure to mention that Conda is involved.

We recommend installing drake into a virtual environment directory. In the example below, we will name that directory env, but you can choose any name.

For macOS, ensure that you’re using Homebrew Python (not Apple’s system Python).

Create a virtual environment, install Drake, and activate the environment:

python3 -m venv env
env/bin/pip install drake
source env/bin/activate

Refer to Quickstart for next steps.

Nightly Releases

Wheel packages for Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy) and macOS are published nightly at a PEP 503 index url https://drake-packages.csail.mit.edu/whl/nightly/.

  • Nightly wheel version numbers are created as 0.0.YYYYMMDD, e.g., 0.0.20230914 for Septemper 14th, 2023.
  • Nightly wheel packages are retained for 56 days from their date of creation, and drop out of the index after 48 days.

To install a specific nightly wheel using pip, replace YYYYMMDD with the desired date:

python3 -m venv env
env/bin/pip install \
    --extra-index-url https://drake-packages.csail.mit.edu/whl/nightly/ \
    'drake==0.0.YYYYMMDD'
source env/bin/activate

Or, to install today’s most recent nightly wheel using pip, specify <0.1 instead of ==0.0.YYYYMMDD as shown below:

python3 -m venv env
env/bin/pip install \
    --extra-index-url https://drake-packages.csail.mit.edu/whl/nightly/ \
    'drake<0.1'
source env/bin/activate