SigmaXD SigmaXD - 2 months ago 24
Python Question

Installing lxml, libxml2, libxslt on Windows 8.1

After additional exploration, I found a solution to installing lxml with pip and wheel. Additional comments on approach welcomed.

I'm finding the existing Python documentation for Linux distributions excellent. For Windows... not so much. I've configured my Linux system fine but I need some help getting a Windows 8.1 tablet ready as well.

My project requires the lxml module for Python 3.4. I've found many tutorials on how to install lxml but each has failed.
I've downloaded the "" and successfully ran it from the Windows cmd line with the result:

Requirement already up-to-date: pip in c:\python34\lib\site-packages

So I don't think that I have a "pip" problem. From there I've run the following from the Windows cmd line:

python -m pip install lxml

A long list of commands scroll through but there are a couple of lines that appear to be errors that I'm unable to resolve.

ERROR: b"'xslt-config' is not recognized as an internal or external command,\r\noperable program or batch file.\r\n"
** make sure the development packages of libxml2 and libxslt are installed **


Failed building wheel for lxml

And the last part, all in red

Command "C:\Python34\python.exe -c "import setuptools, tokenize;__file__='C:\\Users\\Owner\\AppData\\Local\\Temp\\pip-build-ya3n6wkd\\lxml\\';exec(compi
le(getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(__file__).read().replace('\r\n', '\n'), __file__, 'exec'))" install --record C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\pip-ytybzl9l-r
ecord\install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile" failed with error code 1 in C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\pip-build-ya3n6wkd\lxml

Any assistance in understanding how this should work, or what I'm doing wrong would be greatly appreciated.


I was able to fix the installation with the following steps. I hope others find this helpful.

My installation of "pip" was working fine before the problem. I went to the Windows command line and made sure that "wheel" was installed.

C:\Python34>python -m pip install wheel
Requirement already satisfied (use --upgrade to upgrade): wheel in c:\python34\lib\site-packages

After that I downloaded the lxml file from and placed it in my python directory "C:\Python34"

In that directory I ran the following:

C:\Python34>python -m pip install lxml-3.4.4-cp34-none-win32.whl

The results were:

Processing c:\python34\lxml-3.4.4-cp34-none-win32.whl
Installing collected packages: lxml
Successfully installed lxml-3.4.4

I opened PyCharm and lxml module was available. I was able to execute the code without problem.

What I learned (though this may be corrected by others more knowledgeable)

  1. Need to install the desired module (as a "*.whl" file) using pip and wheel.
  2. Using Dropbox to share a code folder with different PyCharm installations causes confusion for the "workspace.xml" file. The two computers kept writing over each other, messing up the installation paths.

Hope this helps.