If you only want to use agate, install it this way:

pip install agate


Need more speed? If you’re running Python 2.6 or 2.7 or you can pip install cdecimal for a significant speed boost. This isn’t installed automatically because it can create additional complications.


If you are a developer that also wants to hack on agate, install it this way:

git clone git://
cd agate
mkvirtualenv agate
pip install -r requirements.txt
python develop


agate also supports running tests with coverage:

nosetests --with-coverage --cover-package=agate

Supported platforms

agate supports the following versions of Python:

  • Python 2.6 (provisional support: agate’s tests pass, but some dependencies claim not to support it)
  • Python 2.7
  • Python 3.3
  • Python 3.4
  • Python 3.5
  • PyPy

It is tested on OSX, but due to it’s minimal dependencies should work fine on both Linux and Windows.


iPython or Jupyter user? Agate works great there too.