Setting up the environment

This tutorial will walk you through installing the acitoolkit using the sources so that you will be able to edit the samples and even the acitoolkit source code if so desired.


First, we must download the acitoolkit. This is best done using git, but can be done by downloading the package as a zip.

If you have git installed, clone the repository using the following command:

git clone

If git is not installed, you can download the acitoolkit as a zip file instead.:



Next, cd into the created directory

cd acitoolkit

and install the acitoolkit

python install

Note that when installing on Mac or Linux, you will likely need to run this as administrator so preface the command with the sudo keyword as follows:

sudo python install

If you plan on modifying the actual toolkit files, you should install the developer environment that will link the package installation to your development directory. Do this instead of the install option above

sudo python develop

Common Installation Errors

Missing development packages

Some of the dependencies may require that the python development environment be installed. This package is usually called python-dev or python-develop. This is usually the case when you see an error message referring to a missing file such as Python.h: No such file or directory.

In Ubuntu, you would install this package by sudo apt-get install python-dev