Adjust your path
Install Python for your operating system. On Windows and macOS this is usually necessary. Most Linux distributions are coming with Python pre-installed. Consult the official Python documentation for details.
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
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
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.
Or with pip:
python3 -m pip install --upgrade cookiecutter
Upgrade Cookiecutter either with easy_install (deprecated):
easy_install --upgrade cookiecutter
Then you should be good to go.