Preparing Linux

Installing Python 3.7 on Debian 9

If you are installing on a clean OS, it is best to install these packages:

sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall
sudo apt-get install libreadline-gplv2-dev libncursesw5-dev libssl-dev
sudo apt-get install libsqlite3-dev tk-dev libgdbm-dev libc6-dev libbz2-dev libffi-dev

Installing Python 3.7

tar xvf Python-3.7.3.tgz
cd Python-3.7.3
./configure --enable-optimizations --enable-loadable-sqlite-extensions
sudo make altinstall

After that, you can create a virtual environment.

Virtual environment

Installing virtualenvwrapper with pip:

python3.7 -m pip install virtualenvwrapper

After installation, in ~/.bashrc file in current user’s home folder, you need to add several lines:

export VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_PYTHON=/usr/local/bin/python3.7
export WORKON_HOME=~/venv

. /usr/local/bin/

Restart command interpreter:

exec bash

Create a virtual environment using Python 3.7 (the same command will take you to a virtual environment):

mkvirtualenv --python=/usr/local/bin/python3.7 pyneng-py3

List of modules that need to be installed to complete tasks

pip install pytest pytest-clarity pyyaml tabulate jinja2 textfsm pexpect netmiko

You also need to install graphviz on the OS (example for debian):

apt-get install graphviz