Prior to installing this package, you must have EnergyPlus version 9.2.0 (download here at the bottom of the page).

EnergyPlus should be installed in it’s default location. On Windows that would be in C:\EnergyPlusV9-2-0 and on MacOS that would be in /Applications/EnergyPlus-9-2-0.

It is also recommended that the older transition programs be installed as well. These programs allow older IDF files (versions 7.2 and below) to be upgraded to version 9-2-0. Since these, don’t come by default with EnergyPlus, they need to be installed by hand. A script has been created for windows (see Installation from scratch). For macOS, refer to the supplementary conversion programs.

Installation from scratch

This first step should be helpful for users that are not familiar with python environments. If you already have python installed and think that you can manage the installation a new package using pip, then you can skip to the next section.

Download & Install MiniConda (or the full Anaconda)

found at the following URL:

Launch the executable and select the following settings:

  • InstallationType=JustMe

  • AddToPath=Yes (there might be a warning, but ignore it)

  • RegisterPython=Yes

  • Installation path=%UserProfile%Miniconda3

Check if everything is ok by running conda list in the command line (make sure to open a new command line window just in case). You should see something like this:

C:\Users\archetypal>conda list
# packages in environment at C:\ProgramData\Miniconda3:
# Name                    Version                   Build  Channel
asn1crypto                1.2.0                    py37_0
ca-certificates           2019.10.16                    0
certifi                   2019.9.11                py37_0
win_inet_pton             1.1.0                    py37_0
wincertstore              0.2                      py37_0
yaml                      0.1.7                hc54c509_2

Install EnergyPlus & Conversion Programs

EnergyPlus is a prerequisite of archetypal. It must be installed beforehand. Moreover, archetypal contains routines that may download IDF components that are coded in earlier versions of EnergyPlus (e.g., 7.1). For this reason, users should also download the supplementary conversion programs, and install the content in the EnergyPlus installation folder:

  • On Windows: C:\EnergyPlusV9-2-0\PreProcess\IDFVersionUpdater (For Windows, see automated procedure below).

  • On MacOS: /Applications/EnergyPlus-9-2-0/PreProcess/IDFVersionUpdater

On Windows, this installation procedure can be automated with the following script which will download and installEnergyPlus as well as the supplementary conversion programs.

To use the script, follow the next steps. First git must be installed beforehand with default installation parameters. See to download git. Then the following commands will change the current directory to the user’s Downloads folder. Then the script will be downloaded using the git clone command. Finally the script will be executed. Copy the whole code block below in Command Prompt and Hit Enter:⏎.

cd %USERPROFILE%\Downloads
git clone
cd aef233396167e0f961df3d62a193573e

To install archetypal, follow the steps detailed below in Installing using pip

Installing using pip

If you have Python 3 already installed on your machine and don’t bother to create a virtual environment (which is highly recommended), then simply install using the following command in the terminal:

pip install archetypal


If you encounter an issue during the installation of archetypal using pip, you can try out Installing using conda (Anaconda) instead.

Installation within a Virtual Environment

It is highly recommended to use/install archetypal on a fresh python virtual environment. If you have any trouble with the installation above, try installing archetypal in a new, clean virtual environment using venv or conda. Note that this pacakge was tested with python 3.6:

python3 -m venv archetypal
source archetypal/bin/activate

Activating the virtual environment will change your shell’s prompt to show what virtual environment you’re using, and modify the environment so that running python will get you that particular version and installation of Python. For example:

$ source archetypal/bin/activate
(archetypal) $ python
Python 3.5.1 (default, May  6 2016, 10:59:36)
>>> import sys
>>> sys.path
['', '/usr/local/lib/', ...,

Then you can install archetypal in this freshly created environment:

pip install archetypal

To use the new environment inside a jupyter notebook, we recommend using the steps described by Angelo Basile:

source archetypal/bin/activate
pip install ipykernel
ipython kernel install --user --name=archetypal

Next time you start a jupyter notebook, you will have the option to choose the kernel corresponding to your project, archetypal in this case.

choosing the correct kernel in a jupyter notebook

Fig. 1 choosing the correct kernel in a jupyter notebook. In the kernel menu, select Change Kernel and select the appropriate virtual env created earlier (archetypal in this case).

Installing using conda (Anaconda)


If you encounter package dependency errors while installing archetypal using pip, you can use conda instead.

Installing with conda is similar to pip. The following workflow creates a new virtual environment (named archetypal) which contains the required dependencies. It then installs the package using pip. You will need to download the environment.yml file from the github repository. For the following code to work, first change the working directory to the location of the downloaded environment.yml file. Here we use the conda env update method which will work well to create a new environment using a specific dependency file in one line of code:

conda update -n base conda
conda env update -n archetypal -f environment.yml
conda activate archetypal
pip install archetypal