Get JPype from the github or from PyPi. If you are using Anaconda Python stack, you can install pre-compiled binaries from conda-forge for Linux, OSX and Windows.

Binary Install

  1. Ensure you have installed Anaconda/Miniconda. Instructions can be found here.

  2. Install from the conda-forge software channel:

    conda install -c conda-forge jpype1

From source - Requirements

Either the Sun/Oracle JDK/JRE Variant or OpenJDK. Python 2.6+ (including Python 3+).


Debian/Ubuntu users will have to install g++ and python-dev first:

sudo apt-get install g++ python-dev python3-dev


Windows users need a Python installation and C++ compilers:

  1. Install some version of Python (2.7 or higher), e.g., Anaconda is a good choice for users not yet familiar with the language
  2. Install a Windows C++ Compiler


Should be easy as

python install

If it fails…

This happens mostly due to the setup not being able to find your JAVA_HOME. In case this happens, please do two things:

  1. You can continue the installation by finding the JAVA_HOME on your own ( the place where the headers etc. are) and explicitly setting it for the installation:

    JAVA\_HOME=/usr/lib/java/jdk1.6.0/ python install

  2. Please create an Issue on github and post all the information you have.

Tested on

  • OS X 10.7.4 with Sun/Oracle JDK 1.6.0
  • OSX 10.8.1-10.8.4 with Sun/Oracle JDK 1.6.0
  • OSX 10.9 DP5
  • Debian 6.0.4/6.0.5 with Sun/Oracle JDK 1.6.0
  • Debian 7.1 with OpenJDK 1.6.0
  • Ubuntu 12.04 with Sun/Oracle JDK 1.6.0

Known Bugs/Limitations

  • Java classes outside of a package (in the <default>) cannot be imported.
  • unable to access a field or method if it conflicts with a python keyword.
  • Because of lack of JVM support, you cannot shutdown the JVM and then restart it.
  • Some methods rely on the “current” class/caller. Since calls coming directly from python code do not have a current class, these methods do not work. The User Manual lists all the known methods like that.
  • Mixing 64 bit Python with 32 bit Java and vice versa crashes on import jpype.