Quick Python 8: Virtual Environments

June 12, 2021

In this video, we learn how to create, manage, and remove Python Virtual Environments.

Here's a link to the source code.


Quick Tips

Commands

python3 -m venv <path>

Creates a virutal environment located at

<path>

source <path>/bin/activate

Activates a virtual environment

deactivate

Deactivates a virutal environment

Bonus: Bash Alias for Quick Switching

Paste this function into your

~/.bashrc
or
~/.bash_aliases
file and restart your shell. It assumes you keep your virtual environments in the
~/venv
folder.

venv() {
source ~/venv/$1/bin/activate
}

Switch to the venv with

venv <NAME>
and get out of it by typing
deactivate
.

Example:

python3 -m venv ~/venv/my-env
venv my-env
# do stuff in your environment. When done:
deactivate

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