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How to Install PyOpenGL in MacOS?

  • Last Updated : 21 Sep, 2021

In this article, we will learn how to install PyOpenGL in Python on MacOS. 

PyOpenGL is the most common cross-platform Python binding to OpenGL and related APIs. The binding is created using the standard ctypes library and is provided under an extremely liberal BSD-style Open-Source license.


Method 1: Using pip to install PyOpenGL 

Follow the below steps to install the PyOpenGL package on macOS using pip:

Step 1: Install the latest Python3 in MacOS

Step 2: Check if pip3 and python3 are correctly installed.

python3 --version
pip3 --version

checking python and pip version in macos

Step 3: Upgrade your pip to avoid errors during installation.

pip3 install --upgrade pip

upgrading pip in macos

Step 4: Enter the following command to install PyOpenGL using pip3.

pip3 install PyOpenGL 

installing PyOpenGL package on macOS using pip

Method 2: Using to install PyOpenGL 

Follow the below steps to install PyOpenGL package on macOS using the file:

Step 1: Download the latest source package of PyOpenGL for python3 from here.

curl > PyOpenGL.tar.gz

downloading the source package for PyOpenGL in macos

Step 2: Extract the downloaded package using the following command.

tar -xzvf PyOpenGL.tar.gz

extracting the PyOpenGL.tar.gz file in macos

Step 3: Go inside the folder and Enter the following command to install the package.

Note: You must have developer tools for XCode MacOS installed in your system

cd PyOpenGL-3.1.5
python3 install

installing PyOpenGL on macOS using the file

Verifying PyOpenGL installation on macOS:

Make the following import in your python terminal to verify if the installation has been done properly:

from OpenGL.GL import *
from OpenGL.GLU import *

Verifying PyOpenGL installation on macOS

If there is any error while importing the module then is not installed properly.

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