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Installing on Debian/Ubuntu

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Required Versions

In order to develop or test OpenLP on Debian or Ubuntu, you will need to have the following versions installed:

Debian: You need to be running "unstable" ("sid")

Ubuntu: Minimum version is 16.04


First make sure your packaging system is up-to-date:

$ sudo apt update

Then, run this command to install all required packages:

$ sudo apt install python3 qttools5-dev-tools pyqt5-dev-tools python3-pyqt5 python3-pyqt5.qtmultimedia \
                   python3-pyqt5.qtsvg python3-pyqt5.qtwebkit python3-pyqt5.qtopengl python3-sqlalchemy \
                   python3-chardet python3-lxml python3-enchant python3-bs4 python3-mako python3-uno \
                   python3-nose python3-pip python3-alembic python3-xdg python3-dbus.mainloop.pyqt \

If you're on Debian unstable, you can also install the following packages for WebEngine support:

$ sudo apt install python3-pyqt5.qtwebchannel python3-pyqt5.qtwebengine

If you want to run the tests on trunk, you'll need the python3-nose2 package:

$ sudo apt install python3-nose2

Installing on Fedora

Install Dependencies

Install the dependencies using pkcon:

$ pkcon install python3-PyQt5 python3-sqlalchemy python3-alembic python3-beautifulsoup4 python3-chardet python3-enchant python3-lxml python3-xdg python3-nose

Install PyUno

PyUno offers integration with LibreOffice

$ pkcon install libreoffice-pyuno

Install Mock

Mock is used for testing

$ pkcon install 

Installing on openSUSE

This presumes you are running openSUSE Leap 42.1.

Before you can install the dependencies, however, you will need to enable the Python development repository.

 $ sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ar -f

Install Dependencies

Install the dependencies using zypper:

$ sudo zypper install python3-qt5 python3-devel python3-beautifulsoup4 python3-chardet python3-pyenchant python3-lxml python3-Mako python3-SQLAlchemy python3-alembic python3-xdg python3-nose

Install PyUno

PyUno offers integration with LibreOffice

$ sudo zypper install libreoffice-pyuno

Installing on PCLinuxOS

PCLinuxOS is a fork of Mandriva, which uses RPM packages and the Advanced Packaging Tool to manage them. Unfortunately PCLinuxOS does not package all of the dependencies for OpenLP, but this is not a problem as the remaining dependencies are easily installable.


Run these commands to install all required packages:

[user@localhost ~]$ su
[root@localhost ~]# apt-get install qt4-designer qt4-linguist qt4-doc python-qt4 python-qt4-devel python-qt4-phonon
                                    python-qt4-gl python-qt4-webkit python-sqlalchemy python-lxml python-chardet
                                    python-mako python-beautifulsoup python-enchant

Now use easy_install to install SQLAlchemy Migrate:

[root@localhost ~]# easy_install sqlalchemy-migrate

Installing on Gentoo

Work-in-progress notes for this on Development:Linux Development Environment/Gentoo

Installing on Arch Linux

[root@localhost ~]# pacman -S python python-pyqt4 phonon python-chardet python-lxml python-beautifulsoup4 python-pyenchant python-mako python-xdg python-nose python-sqlalchemy

Some packages have to be installed using pip or from AUR:

 [user@localhost ~]$ yaourt -S python-pyicu python-pyodbc python-alembic python-mock