Installing HoloViews#

The quickest and easiest way to get the latest version of all the recommended packages for working with HoloViews on Linux, Windows, or Mac systems is via the conda command provided by the Anaconda or Miniconda scientific Python distributions:

conda install -c pyviz holoviews

This recommended installation includes the default Matplotlib plotting library backend, the more interactive Bokeh plotting library backend, and the Jupyter Notebook.

A similar set of packages can be installed using pip, if that command is available on your system:

pip install "holoviews[recommended]"

pip also supports other installation options, including a minimal install of only the packages necessary to generate and manipulate HoloViews objects without visualization:

pip install holoviews

This minimal install includes only three required libraries Param, Numpy and, pandas, which makes it very easy to integrate HoloViews into your workflow or as part of another project.

Alternatively, you can ask pip to install a larger set of packages that provide additional functionality in HoloViews:

pip install "holoviews[examples]"

This option installs all the required and recommended packages, in addition to all all libraries required for running all the examples.

Lastly, to get everything including the test dependencies, you can use:

pip install "holoviews[all]"

Between releases, development snapshots are made available on conda and can be installed using:

conda install -c pyviz/label/dev holoviews

To get the very latest development version using pip, you can use:

pip install git+

The alternative approach using git archive (e.g pip install is not recommended as you will have incomplete version strings.

Anyone interested in following development can get the very latest version by cloning the git repository:

git clone

To make this code available for import you then need to run:

python develop

And you can then update holoviews at any time to the latest version by running:

git pull

Once you’ve installed HoloViews, you can get started by launching Jupyter Notebook:

jupyter notebook

To work with JupyterLab>2.0 you won’t need to install anything else, however for older versions you should also install the PyViz extension:

jupyter labextension install @pyviz/jupyterlab_pyviz

Once you have installed JupyterLab and the extension launch it with:

jupyter lab

Now that you are set up you can get a copy of all the examples shown on this website:

holoviews --install-examples
cd holoviews-examples