Development Environment Setup

The first step to contributing to the code base is creating your development environment.

Git Setup

SymPy is available on GitHub and uses Git for source control. The workflow is such that code is pulled and pushed to and from the main repository. Install the respective version of Git for your operating system to start development.


Refer to the installation instructions in the Git installation instructions. Learn about the basic git commands in this Git Handbook or any other sources on the internet.

Get the SymPy Code

It is recommended practice to create a fork of the SymPy project for your development purposes. Create your own fork of the SymPy project (if you have not yet). Go to the SymPy GitHub repository:

You will now have a fork at <<your-user-name>/sympy>.

Then, nn your machine browse to where you would like to store SymPy, and clone (download) the latest code from SymPy’s original repository (about 77 MiB):

$ git clone<your-user-name>/sympy

You must configure the remote repositories for collaboration with the upstream project:

$ cd sympy
$ git remote add upstream

After the configuration, your setup should be similar to this:

$ git remote -v
origin<your-user-name>/sympy (fetch)
origin<your-user-name>/sympy (push)
upstream (fetch)
upstream (push)

For further development, it is recommended to create a development branch.

$ git checkout -b dev-branch

The new branch can be of any name.

Virtual Environment Setup

You may want to take advantage of using virtual environments to isolate your development version of SymPy from any system wide installed versions, e.g. from apt-get install python-sympy.

We recommend using conda to create a virtual environment:

$ conda create -n sympy-dev python=3 mpmath flake8 flake8-comprehensions

You now have a environment that you can use for testing your development copy of SymPy. For example, clone your SymPy fork from Github:

$ git clone<your-github-username>/sympy.git
$ cd sympy

Now activate the environment:

$ conda activate sympy-dev

Run the Tests

There are several ways of running SymPy tests but the easiest is to use the bin/test script, consult the wiki details on running tests.

The script takes a number of options and arguments and then passes them to sympy.test(*paths, **kwargs). Run bin/test --help for all supported arguments.

Run all tests by using the command:

$ bin/test

To run tests for a specific file, use:

$ bin/test test_basic

Where test_basic is from file sympy/core/

To run tests for modules, use:

$  bin/test /core /utilities

This will run tests for the core and utilities modules.

Similarly, run quality tests with:

$ bin/test code_quality