What IS Pipenv

Short introduction to Pipenv

Pipenv is a dependency manager for Python projects similar to Npm/Yarn for Node that provides more features than his older brother pip. Pipenv aims to help users manage environments, dependencies, and imported packages on the command line. While PIP alone is often sufficient for personal use, Pipenv is recommended for collaborative projects as it’s a higher-level tool that simplifies dependency management for common use cases.

How to use Pipenv

$ pip install pipenv

Once pipenv is installed we can start using it in our projects. To install Django for instance, we must type:

$ pipenv install django

This command will create automatically a virtual environment and install Django package.

Start a shell

$ pipenv shell

Run a Python script

$ pipenv run python hello.py

To use an exiting requirements.txt with pipenv:

pipenv install requirements.txt

This will create a Pipfile and install the specified requirements. Consider your project upgraded!