Package Manager

Install using conda (Windows, MacOS, Linux)


Install Anaconda or Miniconda. It is a Python distribution but also provides a cross platform package manager called conda.

You can then use conda to install HELICS.

conda install -c gmlc-tdc helics

Install using pip (Windows, macOS, Linux, other)

Install Python with pip. Upgrade pip to a recent version using python -m pip install --upgrade.

If you’re on a supported version of Windows, macOS, or Linux (see the HELICS PyPI page for details) you can then use pip to install the HELICS Python interface and helics-apps.

pip install helics
pip install helics-apps

If you are on an unsupported OS or Python version, you will need to install a copy of HELICS first. Depending on your OS, there could be a copy in the package manager, or you may need to build HELICS from source. From there, you can use pip install helics as above (NOTE: pip install helics-apps will not work, your package manager or HELICS build from source should install these). The source distributions section of the PyPI page has some additional useful information on this process.

Install using Spack (macOS, Linux)

Install Spack (a HELICS package is included in the Spack develop branch and Spack releases after v0.14.1).

Run the following command to install HELICS (this may take a while, Spack builds all dependencies from source!):

spack install helics

To get a list of installation options, run:

spack info helics

To enable or disable options, use +, -, and ~. For example, to build with MPI support on the command run would be:

spack install helics +mpi