Domino is pre-installed with many common libraries, so we recommend that you first try running your code before customizing your configuration. If you need to, there are specific ways to add your own dependencies for...
If you have more specialized dependencies, please let us know.
By default, Domino runs each of your scripts (or interactive sessions) from a fresh environment. I.e., any packages you install will install each time. We have more advanced functionality for managing your own compute environments with software changes that stay permanently installed. Learn more about custom environments.
Checking what's already installed
Many common modules are installed by default. To get a list of pre-installed modules, you can include
help('modules') at the start of your script or in a new IPython Notebook session. Or using the Domino CLI tool, you can run
domino run --direct "pip freeze"
Adding your own packages
To specify your own additional dependencies, you can use pip with Domino. To specify module dependencies for your project, add a pip requirements file named
requirements.txt to the root of your project folder.
The requirements file specifies which libraries and any version requirements for them. An example:
pandas lxml==3.2.3 numpy>=1.7.1
For a full reference on the syntax of the requirements file, read this.
If you're using pip on your local machine, the easiest way to generate the
requirements.txt file is to run the following command in the root of your project folder:
~/domino/myProject $ pip freeze > requirements.txt
For performance reasons, you should prune that file so that it includes only the libraries you need for your actual analysis.
Alternatively, if you're working in a Jupyter Notebook, you can also use pip to install dependencies interactively. In a notebook cell, you can run
! pip install --user <package>
(The '!' tells the notebook to execute the cell as a shell command)
Installing Packages Hosted from a Git Repository
Warning: this is an advanced topic!
Pip can install Python packages from source by cloning a public Git repository over https. For full reference, see here. To specify this, you will need to add something like the following line to your
The most common host of Git projects is GitHub. If the package you wish to install is publicly accessible, then the instructions above will work. However, if you need to install any private repositories, Domino can securely integrate with GitHub to access those private repositories. Read our instructions on securely storing your Github credentials.
Most common packages are installed by default (you can include
installed.packages() at the start of your script to print out a list of installed packages). If you need additional packages, you can use R's built-in package manager to install and load them: simply add
install.packages calls for any packages your code needs to the top of your R scripts, e.g.,
install.packages("rpart", dependencies=TRUE, repos='http://cran.us.r-project.org') # install other packages... library('rpart') # rest of your script...
These package installation calls must be at the top of every R script that Domino runs. If your packages take a long time to install, please see our article on installing R packages once instead of each time your code runs.
We recommend putting all the package installation calls into a separate file called
install.r in the root of your project folder, and then sourcing that script at the top of all your main R scripts:
install.packages("rpart", dependencies=TRUE, repos='http://cran.us.r-project.org') # install other packages...
source('install.r') library('rpart') # rest of your script
Octave has a
pkg command that lets you install and load packages. Some Matlab toolboxes have good equivalents in Octave, though many do not. Check out Octave Forge for a list of Octave packages, along with documentation.
Here's some sample code you can include at the start of your script, to load the image package
% only run this code if we're in Octave, not if we're in Matlab if exist('OCTAVE_VERSION') ~= 0 pkg install -forge specfun pkg install -forge control pkg install -forge general % depends on specfun, control, general pkg install -forge signal % depends on signal pkg install -forge image pkg load image end
Note that we have to manually install the image package's dependencies.