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DRM4G Installation

There are several ways in which you can install DRM4G.


The recommended way to install drm4g is by using the command pip install drm4g. To check if you have this tool installed just open a terminal and execute which pip. If you have it installed you'll see something like this:

$ which pip

In the case you don't have it, follow the instructions shown in their documentation page to install it.

  • With root access: You can go ahead and run sudo pip install drm4g
  • In a virtual environment: Just run pip install drm4g
  • Without root access: Run pip install drm4g --user

Install in custom directory

Sometimes you will want to specify a certain directory in which to install DRM4G. To do that you'll have to bear in mind a couple of details.

The installation command would have to be:

$ pip install drm4g --install-option="--prefix=/your/path" -v


$ pip install drm4g --install-option="--home=/your/path" -v

This will install your binary files and libraries under the specified path, but DRM4G will still not be able to run.

  • You want your system to be aware of where the DRM4G package is, so that python may be able to import it. You'll have to define the environment variable PYTHONPATH, which will have to point to the library folder under the path you chose. At the end of the installation, you'll see a message that will inform you on how to do that.
  • The next step is to have it know that DRM4G has been installed. You'll have to make sure that the directory you choose is added in your environment variable PATH or you could have it added to your sys.path. The folder we are interested in is the "bin" folder inside your directory.

During the installation, you will be prompted with a question about modifying your $HOME/.profile or $HOME/.bashrc file. If you accept, you will only have to define these two environment variables the first time.

  • Alternatively you can access the file yourself, which is under the home directory, and make the necessary changes.

Without pip

First and foremost you would have to make sure you have installed the necessary requirements. Those are Paramiko and docopt.

For Ubuntu or Debian:

sudo apt-get install python-paramiko
sudo apt-get install python-docopt

For Centos or RedHat:

sudo yum install python-paramiko
sudo yum install python-docopt

Once that has been taken care of, you can download the source code from here.

After you extract the package, in a terminal, head into the folder and run:

  • With root access: sudo python install
  • In a virtual environment: python install
  • Without root access: python install --user

Install in custom directory

If you want to use a specific directory as the installation path, you can do it like this:

python install --prefix=/your/path


python install --home=/your/path

There are other considerations to have in mind, but they are the same as the ones explained above.

By default your configuration files will be located in $HOME/.drm4g/. If you wish to define where your configuration and log files will be created, before starting DRM4G with drm4g start you should set the environment variable DRM4G_DIR with whichever directory you wish to use