Install python module without admin rights

Most remote servers are governed by system admin rights. Python modules are abundantly available but cannot be installed in the default location without admin rights.

An alternative approach is to install the modules in the local home directory and point the python interpreter to access the modules placed in the local home directory.


Change directory into the source directory of the python module. Make sure the exists in the directory and execute the following command.

$ python install –home=/home/user/package_dir

At the shell command prompt, execute the following command

$ export PYTHONPATH=”${PYTHONPATH}:/home/user/package_dir/lib/python”

At the python Command Line Interpreter (CLI), test the following to confirm that the module has installed.

$ python

>>> import module_name



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