Installation guide

The webcolors module has no external dependencies other than Python itself. It’s officially tested and supported on the following versions of Python:

  • Python 2.7
  • Python 3.3
  • Python 3.4
  • Python 3.5

It is expected that webcolors 1.7 will work without modification on Python 3.6 once it is released.


Python 3

Although webcolors is supported on Python 3.3 and later, it is not and will not be supported on earlier Python 3.x releases. Python 3.3 was the first 3.x release to include several important Python 2/3 compatibility features, which allow webcolors to support Python 2 and 3 in the same codebase.

Normal installation

The preferred method of installing webcolors is via pip, the standard Python package-installation tool. If you don’t have pip, instructions are available for how to obtain and install it. If you’re using Python 2.7.9 or later (for Python 2) or Python 3.4 or later (for Python 3), pip came bundled with your installation of Python.

Once you have pip, simply type:

pip install webcolors

Manual installation

It’s also possible to install webcolors manually. To do so, obtain the latest packaged version from the listing on the Python Package Index. Unpack the .tar.gz file, and run:

python install

Once you’ve installed webcolors, you can verify successful installation by opening a Python interpreter and typing import webcolors.

If the installation was successful, you’ll simply get a fresh Python prompt. If you instead see an ImportError, check the configuration of your install tools and your Python import path to ensure webcolors installed into a location Python can import from.

Installing from a source checkout

The development repository for webcolors is at <>. Presuming you have git installed, you can obtain a copy of the repository by typing:

git clone

From there, you can use normal git commands to check out the specific revision you want, and install it using python install.