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Installing BLISS

Installation at ESRF

At ESRF, it is recommended to follow Beamline Control Unit guidelines for software installation. In the case of BLISS, a special deployment procedure has been put in place in order to facilitate the work on beamlines.

Installation outside ESRF

There is no BLISS package yet, so BLISS has to be installed from the source. The first step is to clone the BLISS git repository to get the BLISS project source code:

$ git clone

The line above creates a bliss directory in current directory, containing the whole project source files.

Using Conda

The use of Conda is recommended to install all dependencies. Before creating a bliss_env, the ESRF BCU Conda channel needs to be configured. BLISS distribution contains a requirements-conda.txt file to help with the installation. Creating a bliss_env Conda environment can be done like this (the name of the environment can - of cause - be chosen freely):

$ cd bliss
$ conda create --name bliss_env
$ conda activate bliss_env
$ conda config --env --add channels esrf-bcu
$ conda config --env --append channels conda-forge
$ conda install --file ./requirements-conda.txt

Not all packages are available on standard Conda repositories. Remaining packages can then be installed via pip. Run

$ pip install .

to install the remaining packages, not available in Conda.

Alternatively the remaining packages can be installed via

$ pip install -e .

This is recommended for development, since the code is deployed in Python site-packages directory as a symbolic link, thus removing the need to install each time a modification is made.

Using pip

BLISS provides a Python setuptools script, so it is possible to proceed with installation using pip:

$ cd bliss
$ pip install .

BLISS has many dependencies, therefore it is highly recommend to install BLISS in a virtual environment.

BLISS requires additional, non-Python dependencies:

  • redis server