Adjust your path
Install Python for your operating system. Consult the official Python documentation for details.
You can install the Python binaries from python.org. Alternatively on macOS, you can use the homebrew package manager.
$ brew install python3
Adjust your path¶
Ensure that your
bin folder is on your path for your platform. Typically
~/.local/ for UNIX and macOS, or
%APPDATA%\Python on Windows. (See the Python documentation for site.USER_BASE for full details.)
UNIX and macOS¶
For bash shells, add the following to your
.bash_profile (adjust for other shells):
# Add ~/.local/ to PATH export PATH=$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH
Remember to load changes with
source ~/.bash_profile or open a new shell session.
Ensure the directory where cookiecutter will be installed is in your environment’s
Path in order to make it possible to invoke it from a command prompt. To do so, search for “Environment Variables” on your computer (on Windows 10, it is under
System Properties –>
Advanced) and add that directory to the
Path environment variable, using the GUI to edit path segments.
Example segments should look like
%APPDATA%\Python\Python3x\Scripts, where you have your version of Python instead of
You may need to restart your command prompt session to load the environment variables.
See Configuring Python (on Windows) for full details.
Unix on Windows
You may also install Windows Subsystem for Linux or GNU utilities for Win32 to use Unix commands on Windows.
See the Python Packaging Authority’s (PyPA) documentation Requirements for Installing Packages for full details.
Homebrew (Mac OS X only):
$ brew install cookiecutter
Pipx (Linux, OSX and Windows):
$ pipx install cookiecutter
$ sudo apt-get install cookiecutter
Upgrading from 0.6.4 to 0.7.0 or greater¶
First, read History in detail. There are a lot of major changes. The big ones are:
Cookiecutter no longer deletes the cloned repo after generating a project.
Cloned repos are saved into ~/.cookiecutters/.
You can optionally create a ~/.cookiecutterrc config file.
Upgrade Cookiecutter either with easy_install:
$ easy_install --upgrade cookiecutter
Or with pip:
$ python3 -m pip install --upgrade cookiecutter
Then you should be good to go.