Manim Installation For Developers

This documentation is for developers who want to contribute to ManimCommunity/manim.

Manim Installation For Developers with pip

If you’d like to contribute to and/or help develop the community maintained version of manim, you can clone this repository to your local device. To do this, first make sure you have git installed.

git clone

Finally, after having cloned this repo, run the following:

python3 -m pip install .

Please see contributing for more details about contributing to Manim.


If you want to contribute to manim-community and have cloned the repository to your local device, please uninstall the pip-installed version of manim-community, if you had installed it previously. This is to avoid any accidental usage of the pip-installed version when developing and testing on your local copy of the repository. This warning doesn’t apply for users who use poetry (chapter below.)

Manim Installation For Developers with poetry

Poetry can be easily installed in any OS by just running the below command.

If your system has the curl program installed, which is usually true in Linux and Mac,

curl -sSL | python

If you are a Windows developer and want to use PowerShell, you can use the below command.

(Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -UseBasicParsing).Content | python


Poetry can be installed by other ways also, such as with pip. See If you are using MacOS with the Homebrew package manager, you can also install poetry with brew install poetry.

It will add it to PATH variable automatically. In order to make sure you have poetry installed correctly, try running:

poetry --version


You may need to restart your shell in order for the changes to take effect.

See the docs on installation python poetry for more information.

Installing System Dependencies

Please follow the instructions under Installing Manim to install all dependencies. Then come back to this page to continue with the installation.


Windows Users can skip the steps to install Pycairo.

Additionally, git has to be installed. For instructions see Documentation.

Installing Manim using Poetry

  1. First, clone the Manim repo locally using git.

    git clone


    git clone
  2. Open a Terminal/Powershell/Command Prompt and cd into the cloned directory.

    cd path/to/manim


    This path should contain a file called pyproject.toml if it doesn’t contain it, you would need to go a level up.

  3. Use the below command to install python dependencies. This will use the default python version installed.

    poetry install


    Poetry will create a virtual environment rooted at the current directory.

    You can select the desired python version using

    poetry env use <python version you need>

    For example you can use for python 3.7.

    poetry env use 3.7

    For more information about this you can visit the docs.

  4. Now you can activate the virtual environment Poetry has created by using the command below.

    poetry shell

    Or if you want to run a single command use

    poetry run manim -h

Now you are free to start developing on the Manim Repository.

Running the Tests Using Poetry

Once you are done with Installing Manim using Poetry, you can run manim’s test suite by activating a shell using poetry shell command and then running the command pytest to run the tests.

poetry shell


You should always run the test suite before making a PR. For other contributing guidelines, see the guide for contributions to manim.

Code Formatting and Linting Using Poetry

Once you are done with Installing Manim using Poetry, you can run the code formatter black by activating a shell using poetry shell and then running the command black manim. Or alternatively just use the command poetry run black manim.

You can see linting information for a given file or directory by either running poetry shell followed by pylint <path> or with poetry run pylint <path>. Note that unlike black, pylint cannot make code changes automatically.

poetry shell
black manim
pylint manim


Here, the word manim, as used in the commands black manim or poetry run black manim, refers to the folder which black is to format. You can also reformat the files containing the test suite by running the command black tests.

For example, if you have written some new example and want to format it and see lint information use the commands below.

poetry run black example_scenes