Install package with pip

To install with pip:

$ pip install scikit-build

Install from source

To install scikit-build from the latest source, first obtain the source code:

$ git clone
$ cd scikit-build

then install with:

$ pip install .


$ pip install -e .

for development.


Python Packages

The project has a few common Python package dependencies. These can be seen in and pyproject.toml.

Compiler Toolchain

The same compiler toolchain used to build the CPython interpreter should also be available. Refer to the CPython Developer’s Guide for details about the compiler toolchain for your operating system.

For example, on Ubuntu Linux, install with:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential

On Mac OSX, install XCode to build packages for the system Python.

On Windows, install the version of Visual Studio used to create the target version of CPython


The easiest way to get CMake is to add it to the pyproject.toml file. With pip 10 or later, this will cause the CMake Python package to be downloaded and installed when your project is built.

To manually install the cmake package from PyPI:

$ pip install cmake

To install the cmake package in conda:

$ conda install -c conda-forge cmake

You can also download the standard CMake binaries for your platform.

Alternatively, build CMake from source with a C++ compiler if binaries are not available for your operating system.