Download and Installation


pip install pyparsing
Many Linux distributions now come with pyparsing installed, but not always the latest version. To get the latest use:
pip install -U pyparsing


Install pyparsing using setuptool easy_install command:
easy_install pyparsing
If setuptools has difficulties in dealing with Wikispaces as the project home page, try this command instead:
Note: that this installs binary pyparsing distribution, which doesn't include any example programs or API reference. For downloading docs, see appropriate links below.


Pyparsing is currently hosted on SourceForge. The download URL for the project is

SourceForge lists multiple versions for download, and for each version, several different release packages. The current packaging for pyparsing consists of the following packages:
  • Source .zip
  • Source .tar.gz
  • Windows binary installer .exe
  • Python wheel
  • Docs and examples .zip
To download a package, simply open the download web page and click on the package's name, and the download process should start. Select an empty scratch directory to download the package into, to avoid overwriting any existing files.

Getting sources from Subversion

The source can be downloaded from project's Subversion repository with the following SVN command:

  • svn checkout svn:// pyparsing-code

Or you can browse the repository with your browser, at:


Windows (binary .exe)

If you download the Windows binary installer, you can simply run this executable, and pyparsing will be installed into the Python site-packages directory. Note: the Windows binary installer does not install any of the example programs or class documentation. Please download and unpack the docs package or one of the source packages (either .zip or .tar.gz).

Windows (source .zip)

If you download the source .zip file, you can extract the archive contents to a scratch directory. From this directory, use the script with the command:
python install
This will install pyparsing to the Python site-packages directory. Please save this scratch directory, as it will also contain a directory of class documentation (htmldocs) and a directory of code examples (examples).

Linux (source .tar.gz)

The source .tar.gz file contains the pyparsing source, documentation, and examples directory as a compressed Gzip'ed tar archive. First uncompress the archive using (replace "x.x.x" with the appropriate version numbers):
gunzip pyparsing-x.x.x.tar.gz
Then extract the files from the tar archive using:
tar -xvf pyparsing-x.x.x.tar
This should create a subdirectory named 'pyparsing-x.x.x', containing further subdirectories containing the source code, documentation, examples, etc. In a console window, cd to this directory, and install pyparsing using:
python install
This will install pyparsing to the Python site-packages directory. You should save this scratch directory, for future reference to the help and example files.

Mac OS X (source .tar.gz)

Follow the same instructions as given above for Linux. Note that your Mac browser may automatically run gunzip on the downloaded file, so you may be able to go directly to processing the .tar archive file.

Testing / Verifying

The simplest way to verify that your pyparsing installation is complete is to run the Hello, World! example. Use the appropriate commands for your OS to create a console command input window, and set the working directory to the pyparsing examples directory. Then run the script, using the command:
You should see the following output:
Hello, World! -> ['Hello', ',', 'World', '!']

You're ready to start writing Python parsers with pyparsing!