Neo is a pure Python package, so it should be easy to get it running on any system.


For Debian/Ubuntu, you can install these using:

$ apt-get install python-numpy python-pip
$ pip install quantities

You may need to run these as root. For other operating systems, you can download installers from the links above, or use a scientific Python distribution such as Anaconda.

Certain IO modules have additional dependencies. If these are not satisfied, Neo will still install but the IO module that uses them will fail on loading:

  • scipy >= 0.12.0 for NeoMatlabIO
  • h5py >= 2.5 for Hdf5IO, KwikIO
  • klusta for KwikIO
  • igor >= 0.2 for IgorIO
  • nixio >= 1.5 for NixIO
  • stfio for StimfitIO

Installing from the Python Package Index


alpha and beta releases cannot be installed from PyPI.

If you have pip installed:

$ pip install neo

This will automatically download and install the latest release (again you may need to have administrator privileges on the machine you are installing on).

To download and install manually, download:


$ unzip
$ cd neo-0.7.0
$ python install


$ python3 install

depending on which version of Python you are using.

Installing from source

To install the latest version of Neo from the Git repository:

$ git clone git://
$ cd python-neo
$ python install