Installing Vyper

Don’t panic if the installation fails. Vyper is still under development and undergoes constant changes. Installation will be much more simplified and optimized after a stable version release.

Take a deep breath, follow the instructions, and please create an issue if you encounter any errors.


The easiest way to try out the language, experiment with examples, and compile code to bytecode or LLL is to use the online compiler at


Installing Python 3.6

Vyper can only be built using Python 3.6 and higher. If you are already running Python 3.6, skip to the next section, else follow the instructions here to make sure you have the correct Python version installed, and are using that version.


16.04 and older

Start by making sure your packages are up-to-date:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade

Install Python 3.6 and some necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev
tar xfz Python-3.6.2.tgz
cd Python-3.6.2/
./configure --prefix /usr/local/lib/python3.6
sudo make
sudo make install
16.10 and newer

From Ubuntu 16.10 onwards, the Python 3.6 version is in the universe repository.

Run the following commands to install:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3.6


If you get the error Python.h: No such file or directory you need to install the python header files for the Python C API with

sudo apt-get install python3-dev
Using a BASH script

Vyper can be installed using a bash script.

Reminder: Please read and understand the commands in any bash script before executing, especially with sudo. Arch —– Using your aur helper of choice (yay here).

yay -S vyper


Make sure you have Homebrew installed. If you don’t have the brew command available on the terminal, follow these instructions to get Homebrew on your system.

To install Python 3.6, follow the instructions here: Installing Python 3 on Mac OS X

Also, ensure the following libraries are installed using brew:

brew install gmp leveldb

Creating a virtual environment

It is strongly recommended to install Vyper in a virtual Python environment, so that new packages installed and dependencies built are strictly contained in your Vyper project and will not alter or affect your other development environment set-up.

To create a new virtual environment for Vyper run the following commands:

sudo apt install virtualenv
virtualenv -p python3.6 --no-site-packages ~/vyper-venv
source ~/vyper-venv/bin/activate

To find out more about virtual environments, check out: virtualenv guide.

You can also create a virtual environment without virtualenv:

python3.6 -m venv ~/vyper-env
source ~/vyper-env/bin/activate


Again, it is strongly recommended to install Vyper in a virtual Python environment. This guide assumes you are in a virtual environment containing Python 3.6.

Get the latest version of Vyper by cloning the Github repository, and run the install and test commands:

git clone
cd vyper
make test

Additionally, you may try to compile an example contract by running:

vyper examples/crowdfund.vy

If everything works correctly, you are now able to compile your own smart contracts written in Vyper. If any unexpected errors or exceptions are encountered, please feel free create an issue <>.


If you get the error fatal error: openssl/aes.h: No such file or directory in the output of make, then run sudo apt-get install libssl-dev1, then run make again.

For MacOS users:

Apple has deprecated use of OpenSSL in favor of its own TLS and crypto libraries. This means that you will need to export some OpenSSL settings yourself, before you can install Vyper.

Use the following commands:

export CFLAGS="-I$(brew --prefix openssl)/include"
export LDFLAGS="-L$(brew --prefix openssl)/lib"
pip install scrypt

Now you can run the install and test commands again:

make test

If you get the error ld: library not found for -lyaml in the output of make, make sure libyaml is installed using brew info libyaml. If it is installed, add its location to the compile flags as well:

export CFLAGS="-I$(brew --prefix openssl)/include -I$(brew --prefix libyaml)/include"
export LDFLAGS="-L$(brew --prefix openssl)/lib -L$(brew --prefix libyaml)/lib"

You can then run make and make test again.


Each tagged version of vyper is also uploaded to pypi, and can be installed using pip.

pip install vyper

To install a specific version use:

pip install vyper==0.1.0b2



Vyper can be downloaded as docker image from dockerhub:

docker pull ethereum/vyper

To run the compiler use the docker run command:

docker run -v $(pwd):/code ethereum/vyper /code/<contract_file.vy>

Alternatively you can log into the docker image and execute vyper on the prompt.

docker run -v $(pwd):/code/ -it --entrypoint /bin/bash ethereum/vyper
root@d35252d1fb1b:/code# vyper <contract_file.vy>

The normal paramaters are also supported, for example:

docker run -v $(pwd):/code ethereum/vyper -f abi /code/<contract_file.vy>
[{'name': 'test1', 'outputs': [], 'inputs': [{'type': 'uint256', 'name': 'a'}, {'type': 'bytes', 'name': 'b'}], 'constant': False, 'payable': False, 'type': 'function', 'gas': 441}, {'name': 'test2', 'outputs': [], 'inputs': [{'type': 'uint256', 'name': 'a'}], 'constant': False, 'payable': False, 'type': 'function', 'gas': 316}]


A Dockerfile is provided in the master branch of the repository. In order to build a Docker Image please run:

docker build -t vyper:1
docker run -it --entrypoint /bin/bash vyper:1

To ensure that everything works correctly after the installtion, please run the test commands and try compiling a contract:

python test
vyper examples/crowdfund.vy


Vyper is published in the snap store. In any of the supported Linux distros, install it with (Note that installing the above snap is the latest master):

sudo snap install vyper --edge --devmode

To install the latest beta version use:

sudo snap install vyper --beta --devmode