MacOS advanced tips

Installing BornAgain python core libraries to the custom folder

If your prefer to install the BornAgain core libraries not to the site-packages folder of your Python interpreter, but to some custom folder, you can do it in a following way.

1. Run the script from application bundle:

$ python /Applications/

2. Choose the option '[0]' - Generate bundle with BornAgain libraries, do not install it. You will get a message:

BornAgain Python bundle is successfully created in temporary directory 

3. Go to the specified directory, pay attention that on your system name of this directory may differ from the name in this instruction.

$ cd /var/folders/zt/0l4f_l_d46v5rkx668jqx0b4000lw7/T/bornagain_bundle

4. Set the environment variable PYTHONUSERBASE to the directory where you want BornAgain libraries to be installed:

$ export PYTHONUSERBASE=/Users/me/my_python_extra

5. Run the to install the BornAgain core libraries to the specified folder

$ python install --user

Check that the installation went successfully by typing

$ python -c "import bornagain"
You need to pay attention that the PYTHONUSERBASE environment variable is allways defined when you run your python scripts. You may also insert  corresponding export directive  into your .profile configuration file:
export PYTHONUSERBASE=/Users/me/my_python_extra