Installing RVIC


If using REMAP=True:

Installing using a package manager

RVIC is available via PyPi:

pip install rvic

or Anaconda via the UW-Hydro channel:

conda install --channel rvic

Building RVIC

Option 1: Using Anaconda

The easiest way to install RVIC and its dependencies is to use the Anaconda Python distribution.

To install Anaconda, follow these two simple steps (check to make sure the installer version is the most current)

  1. download and run the Anaconda installer:

  2. setup a virtual environment for RVIC

conda create -n rvic anaconda
source activate rvic

Note: you'll need to do the source activate rvic to activate the RVIC virtual environment in any new shells.

Now, download the RVIC source code:

git clone

From the RVIC source code repository, RVIC can be installed using Python's distutils:

python install

This installs a top level script, rvic, into your bin/ directory and the rvic package into your Python path.

If you don't want to use the Anaconda installation I've shown above, you can build the package in your local python installation using:

python develop

Option 2a: Using a local Python Install (With Write Permissions)

If you have write permissions to the location of your Python distribution, you can just run

python install

from the top level RVIC directory. This will install RVIC into your $PYTHONPATH.

Option 2b: Using a local Python Install (Without Write Permissions)

If you do not have write permissions, you can install RVIC in your local $PYTHONPATH by following these steps:

Create a lib/python directory in your $HOME directory:

mkdir -p $HOME/lib/python/

Add this library path to your $PYTHONPATH in your .bashrc:



python install --home=$HOME

Testing your install

From the following command line:

rvic -h
python -c 'import rvic'

If you don't get any errors, you should be ready to use RVIC.