Installing Scrapy 1.1 On Ubuntu 15.10

I don’t do a huge amount of Python, but when I do, it usually involves Scrapy.

As a result of not doing a lot of Python, it usually means I don’t have all the relevant gubbins (yes, that is the correct technical description) installed to make things ‘just work ™’.

On the contrary, things usually go quite wrong indeed:


and so on.

Now, also, I am not the world’s foremost expert on Linux, and / or the package dependencies required to get Python to play nicely.

This is a polite way of saying I blindly follow the top answers on StackOverflow until whatever it is I am trying to install (e.g. Scrapy) installs without some horrendous error message. Hey, a little brutal honesty never hurt anybody.

So, to save my future sanity, here are all the things I ran today to get Scrapy 1.1 installed on Ubuntu 15.10:

You will need pip installed. ( sudo apt-get install python-pip worked for me.)

Then this – I am aware there are duplicates, this is a concat of about 6 different attempts. Feel free to de-dupe if you want, it makes no difference (afaik):

And then Scrapy installed ‘first time’ using:



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