Required Dependencies

  • Python 2.7, 3.4, or 3.5
  • numpy (1.9 or later)
  • wrapt (1.10 or later)

Plotting Packages

  • PyNGL (1.4.3 or later)
  • matplotlib (1.4.3 or later)
    • cartopy (0.13 or later)
    • basemap (1.0.8 or later)

Installing via Conda

The easiest way to install wrf-python is using Conda:

conda install -c conda-forge wrf-python


If you use conda to install wrf-python on a supercomputer like Yellowstone or Cheyenne, we recommend that you do not load any python related modules via the ‘module load’ command. The packages installed by the ‘module load’ system will not play nicely with packages installed via conda.

Further, some systems will install python packages to a ~/.local directory, which will be found by the miniconda python interpreter and cause various import problems. If you have a ~/.local directory, we strongly suggest renaming it (mv ~/.local ~/.local_backup).

Installing on Yellowstone

On Yellowstone, wrf-python can also be installed using the module load system, if this is preferred over using conda.

Unfortunately, because wrf-python requires newer dependencies, it is not available using the ‘all-python-libs’ module, so many of the dependencies need to be manually installed (most are for xarray).

Also, make sure you are running in the gnu/4.8.2 compiler environment or you will get import errors for a missing libquadmath library when you go to import wrf-python.

To install:

module load gnu/4.8.2 or module swap intel gnu/4.8.2
module load python/2.7.7
module load numpy/1.11.0 wrapt/1.10.10 scipy/0.17.1 bottleneck/1.1.0 numexpr/2.6.0 pyside/1.1.2 matplotlib/1.5.1 pandas/0.18.1 netcdf4python/1.2.4 xarray/0.8.2
module load wrf-python/1.0.1

Installing via Source Code

Installation via source code will require a Fortran and C compiler in order to run f2py. You can get them here.

The source code is available via github:

To install, change to the wrf-python directory and run:

$ pip install .

Note that building on Win64 with Python 3.5+ and the mingw-64 compiler is very difficult, due to incompatibilities with the runtime libraries and lack of support from numpy’s distutils. Improved support for these configurations, along with numpy distutils support, should take place this year. But for now, visual studio and the intel compiler may be required. Otherwise, Python 2.7 or Python 3.4 is recommended.