Virtualenv Instructions

Virtual Environment Tutorial

There are multiple ways of creating a Python virtual environment. This tutorial covers two of those:

  • The venv command (included with Python 3+).
  • The virtualenvwrapper mkvirtualenv command.

venv creates virtual environments in the location where run (generally with Python projects).

mkvirtualenv creates virtual environments in one place (generally in your home directory).

(The Python Software Foundation recommends venv for creating virtual environments.)

Part 1: Using "venv"

macOS/Linux terminal (python3 -m venv ENV)

python3 -m venv sbase_env
source sbase_env/bin/activate

Windows CMD prompt (py -m venv ENV):

py -m venv sbase_env
call sbase_env\\Scripts\\activate

To exit a virtual env, type deactivate.

Part 2: Using virtualenvwrapper

macOS/Linux terminal:

python3 -m pip install virtualenvwrapper --force-reinstall
export WORKON_HOME=$HOME/.virtualenvs
source `which`

(Shortcut: Run source from the top-level SeleniumBase folder to perform the above steps.)

(If you add source `which` to your local bash file (~/.bash_profile on macOS, or ~/.bashrc on Linux), virtualenvwrapper commands such as mkvirtualenv will be available whenever you open a new command prompt.)

Windows CMD prompt:

py -m pip install virtualenvwrapper-win --force-reinstall --user

(Shortcut: Run win_virtualenv.bat from the top-level SeleniumBase folder to perform the above step.)

Create a virtual environment:

  • mkvirtualenv ENV:
mkvirtualenv sbase_env

(If you have multiple versions of Python installed on your machine, and you want your virtual environment to use a specific Python version, add --python=PATH_TO_PYTHON_EXE to your mkvirtualenv command with the Python executable to use.)

virtualenvwrapper commands:

Creating a virtual environment:

mkvirtualenv sbase_env

Leaving your virtual environment:


Returning to a virtual environment:

workon sbase_env

Listing all virtual environments:


Deleting a virtual environment:

rmvirtualenv sbase_env has more information about Python virtual environments. For specific details about VirtualEnv and VirtualEnvWrapper, see and