• Python 3.x
  • Python packages numpy and click
  • Command-line utilities sort (the Unix version), bgzip (shipped with samtools) and samtools. If available, pairtools can compress outputs with bgzip, pbgzip and lz4.

Install using conda

We highly recommend using the conda package manager to install pre-compiled pairtools together with all its dependencies. To get it, you can either install the full Anaconda Python distribution or just the standalone conda package manager.

With conda, you can install pre-compiled pairtools and all of its dependencies from the bioconda channel:

$ conda install -c conda-forge -c bioconda pairtools

Install using pip

Alternatively, compile and install pairtools and its Python dependencies from PyPI using pip:

$ pip install pairtools

Install the development version

Finally, you can install the latest development version of pairtools from github. First, make a local clone of the github repository:

$ git clone

Then, you can compile and install pairtools in the development mode, which installs the package without moving it to a system folder and thus allows immediate live-testing any changes in the python code. Please, make sure that you have cython installed!

$ cd pairtools
$ pip install -e ./