Getting Set Up

The Panel library is a complex project which provides a wide range of data interfaces and an extensible set of plotting backends, which means the development and testing process involves a wide set of libraries.



The Panel source code is stored in a Git source control repository. The first step to working on Panel is to install Git on to your system. There are different ways to do this depending on whether, you are using Windows, OSX, or Linux.

To install Git on any platform, refer to the Installing Git section of the Pro Git Book.


Developing Panel requires a wide range of packages that are not easily and quickly available using pip. To make this more manageable, core developers rely heavily on the conda package manager for the free Anaconda Python distribution. However, conda can also install non-Python package dependencies, which helps streamline Panel development greatly. It is strongly recommended that anyone developing Panel also use conda, and the remainder of the instructions will assume that conda is available.

To install Conda on any platform, see the Download conda section of the conda documentation.

Cloning the Repository

The source code for the Panel project is hosted on GitHub. To clone the source repository, issue the following command:

git clone

This will create a panel directory at your file system location. This panel directory is referred to as the source checkout for the remainder of this document.

Installing Dependencies

Panel requires many additional packages for development and testing. Many of these are on the main Anaconda default channel.

Conda Environments

Since Panel interfaces with a large range of different libraries the full test suite requires a wide range of dependencies. To make it easier to install and run different parts of the test suite across different platforms Panel uses a library called pyctdev to make things more consistent and general.

conda install -c pyviz pyctdev>0.5.0
doit ecosystem_setup

Once pyctdev is available and you are in the cloned panel repository you can set up an environment with:

doit env_create -c pyviz/label/dev -c conda-forge --name=panel_dev --python=3.6

Specify the desired Python version, currently Panel officially supports Python 2.7, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7. Once the environment has been created you can activate it with:

conda activate panel_dev

Finally to install the dependencies required to run the full unit test suite:

doit develop_install -c pyviz/label/dev -c conda-forge -o tests -o recommended

Building and Installing

Once you have all the required depencies installed, the simplest way to build and install Panel to use the script at the top level of the source checkout directory.

The script has two main modes of operation:

python install

Panel will be installed in your Python site-packages directory. In this mode, any changes to the python source code will not show up until install is run again.

python develop

Panel will be installed to refer to the source directory. Any changes you make to the python source code will be available immediately without any additional steps.

Next Steps

If you have any problems with the steps here, please contact the developers.