Windows

Getting the Inkscape plugins to run will likely need manual installation (see above). Note that Inkscape may come with its own Python. If you run into trouble or have better installation instructions please open a ticket on GitHub.

Native

Following steps are known to work under Windows 10 (64-bit):

  1. Go to https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/ and download the “Windows x86-64 executable installer” for Python 3.7

    Screenshot of python.org with download of Python 3.7 (64-bit)
  2. Install Python 3.7 and make sure to check “Add Python 3.7 to PATH” while doing so

    Screenshot of Python 3.7 (64-bit) installer with PATH checked
  3. Run the command pip install Markdown affine shapely (Note: If the command pip is not found, you probably forgot to add the Python installation to the PATH environment variable in step 2)

  4. Download Boxes.py as ZIP archive from GitHub

    Screenshot of download from Boxes.py project on GitHub
  5. Extract the ZIP archive (e.g. via the built-in Windows feature or other tools like 7-Zip)

    Screenshot of Windows tools to extract the ZIP archive
  6. Change into the folder for Boxes.py,

    e.g. with the command cd Users[USERNAME]Downloadsboxes-master

  7. Run the development server with the command

    python scriptsboxesserver Note: You likely will be notified by your firewall that it blocked network access. If you want to use boxesserver you need to allow connections.

    Screenshot of command for running boxesserver and firewall notice
  8. Open the address http://localhost:8000/ in your browser and have fun :)

    Screenshot of a browser window running Boxes.py locally

Additionally the command line version of Boxes.py can be used with the command python scriptsboxes.

Windows Subsystem for Linux

Another way of installing Boxes.py on Windows is to use the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). This requires newer versions of Windows 10. Once it is installed (e.g. via the Ubuntu App from the Microsoft Store), the installation is identical to the installation on Linux systems.