Installing imageio

Imageio is written in pure Python, so installation is easy. Imageio works on Python 3.5+. It also works on Pypy. Imageio depends on Numpy and Pillow. For some formats, imageio needs additional libraries/executables (e.g. ffmpeg), which imageio helps you to download/install.

To install imageio, use one of the following methods:

  • If you are in a conda env: conda install -c conda-forge imageio
  • If you have pip: pip install imageio
  • Good old python install

After installation, checkout the examples and user api.

Still running Python 2.7? Read here.


For developers, we provide a simple mechanism to allow importing imageio from the cloned repository <>. See the file for details.

Further imageio has the following dev-dependencies:

pip install black flake8 pytest pytest-cov sphinx numpydoc