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Installation can be done in various ways. The simplest form uses pip or easy_install. Either one will work:

pip install rsa
easy_install rsa

Depending on your system you may need to use sudo pip or sudo easy_install.

Installation from source is also quite easy. Download the source and then type:

python setup.py install

or if that doesn't work:

sudo python setup.py install

The sources are tracked in our Mercurial repository at bitbucket.org. It also hosts the issue tracker.


Python-RSA has very few dependencies. As a matter of fact, to use it you only need Python itself. Loading and saving keys does require an extra module, though: pyasn1. If you used pip or easy_install like described above, you should be ready to go.

Development dependencies

In order to start developing on Python-RSA you need a bit more. Use pip to install the development requirements in a virtual environment for Python 2.x:

virtualenv python-rsa-venv-py2x
. python-rsa-venv-py2x/bin/activate
pip install -r python-rsa/requirements-dev-py2x.txt

or Python 3.x:

virtualenv python-rsa-venv-py3x
. python-rsa-venv-py3x/bin/activate
pip install -r python-rsa/requirements-dev-py3x.txt

Once these are installed, use Mercurial to get a copy of the source:

hg clone https://bitbucket.org/sybren/python-rsa
python setup.py develop