The cf python package implements the CF data model for the reading, writing and processing of data and metadata.
Online documentation for previous releases: cf-python documention archive
Offline documention for the installed version may be found by pointing a browser to
Required: A python version 2.7.
Required: The python psutil package at version 0.6.0 or newer (the latest version is recommended).
Required: The python numpy package at version 1.7 or newer.
Required: The python matplotlib package at version 1.4.2 or newer.
Required: The python scipy package at version 0.14.0 or newer.
Required: The UNIDATA Udunits-2 library. This is a C library which provides support for units of physical quantities. If The Udunits-2 shared library file (
libudunits2.so.0on GNU/Linux or
libudunits2.0.dylibfileon Mac OS) is in a non-standard location then its path should be added to the
LD_LIBRARY_PATHenvironment variable. It may also be necessary to specify the location of the
udunits2.xmlfile in the
UDUNITS2_XML_PATHenvironment variable (although the default location is usually correct).
Optional: For regridding to work, the ESMF package at version 7.0.0 or newer is required. If this package is not installed then regridding will not work, but all other cf-python functionality will be unaffected. ESMF may be installed via conda (see below) or from source (see the file ESMF.md for instructions).
Optional: The cf-plot package does not currently work for versions 2.x of cf. This will be resolved soon.
To install version 1.2.1 by conda:
conda install -c ncas -c scitools cf-python cf-plot conda install -c nesii esmpy
These two commands will install cf-python, all of its required dependencies and the two optional packages cf-plot (for visualisation) and ESMF (for regridding). To install cf-python and all of its required dependencies alone:
conda install -c ncas -c scitools cf-python
To update cf-python, cf-plot and ESMF to the latest versions::
conda update -c ncas -c scitools cf-python cf-plot conda update -c nesii esmpy
To install the latest version from PyPI:
pip install cf-python
To install from source:
Download the cf package from cf-python downloads.
Unpack the library:
tar zxvf cf-python-1.3.2.tar.gz cd cf-python-1.3.2
Install the package:
To install the cf package to a central location:
python setup.py install
To install the cf package locally to the user in a default location:
python setup.py install --user
To install the cf package in the
<directory>of your choice:
python setup.py install --home=<directory>
The test scripts are in the
test directory. To run all tests:
Command line utilities
cfdump tool generates text representations on standard output
of the CF fields contained in the input files.
cfa tool creates and writes to disk the CF fields contained in
the input files.
During the installation described above, these scripts will be copied
automatically to a location given by the
For usage instructions, use the
-h option to display the manual
cfdump -h cfa -h
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