Setting Up the Environment#

These tools require an Anaconda installation. It is possible to use them without Anaconda, but we have provided the environment definitions to automate use with Anaconda.

System Requirements#

You will need:

  • Anaconda or Miniconda

  • 250GB of disk space

  • At least 24 GB of memory (lower may be possible)

Import Tool Dependencies#

The import tools are written in Python and Rust. The provided Conda lockfiles, along with environment.yml, provide the data to define an Anaconda environment that contains all required runtimes and libraries:

conda-lock install -n bookdata
conda activate bookdata

If you don’t want to use Anaconda, see the following for more details on dependencies. If you don’t yet have conda-lock installed in your base environment, run:

conda install -c conda-forge -n base conda-lock=1


This needs the following Python dependencies:

  • Python 3.8 or later

  • numpy

  • pandas

  • seaborn

  • jupyter

  • jupytext

  • dvc (2.0 or later)

The Python dependencies are defined in environment.yml.


The Rust tools need Rust version 1.59 or later. The easiest way to install this — besides Anaconda — is with rustup.

The cargo build tool will automatically download all Rust libraries required. The Rust code does not depend on any specific system libraries.

Regenerating Lockfiles#

If you update dependencies, you can re-generate the Conda lockfiles with conda-lock:

conda-lock lock --mamba -f pyproject.toml