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Install PyQt5 to Mac OS X Yosemite with python3
This snippet tested on Yosemite 10.10.1
1. Define your python3 directory (for example, "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/site-packages/")
2. Download "http://download.qt-project.org/official_releases/qt/5.3/5.3.2/qt-opensource-mac-x64-clang-5.3.2.dmg" or any other new version of qt for mac and install it.
3. Download SIP sources here: http://www.riverbankcomputing.com/software/sip/download
4. Download PyQt5-gpl sources here: http://www.riverbankcomputing.com/software/pyqt/download5
5. Go to your downloads by terminal (for example, "cd ~/Downloads")
6. tar xvf PyQt-gpl-5.3.2.tar.gz
7. tar xvf sip-4.16.4.tar.gz
8. cd sip-4.16.4/
9. python3 configure.py -d /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3//site-packages --arch x86_64
10. make
11. sudo make install
12. sudo make clean
13. Change line "!host_build:QMAKE_MAC_SDK = macosx10.8" to "!host_build:QMAKE_MAC_SDK = macosx10.10" in ~/Qt5.3.2/5.3/clang_64/mkspecs/qdevice.pri
14. cd ../PyQt-gpl-5.3.2/
15. python3 configure.py --destdir /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/lib/python3.3/site-packages --qmake ~/Qt5.3.2/5.3.2/clang_64/bin/qmake
16. make
17. sudo make install
18. sudo make clean
@s200999900

Thanks!

@SimFre
SimFre commented Mar 15, 2015

Thanks for the guide! Python/PyQt is eating on my nerves by now and your guide has taken me a step further. I keep getting this when trying to setup PyQt:
"Error: Make sure you have a working sip on your PATH or use the --sip argument".
Command line: python3 configure.py --qmake ~/Qt/5.4/clang_64/bin/qmake --destdir /usr/local//Cellar/python3/3.4.2_1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.4/lib/python3.4/site-packages
The path is the same as given in the previous step. Any idea on how to work this out?

Edit:
Found the proper path when running make install for sip.
This worked: python3 configure.py --sip=/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.4.2_1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.4/bin/sip

@bigeyex
bigeyex commented Dec 14, 2015

thanks very much!
there is one place that may need update. (Due to Qt version number change)

if anybody encounters error:
configure.py: error: '/Users/xxx/Qt5.3.2/5.3.2/clang_64/bin/qmake' is not an executable

S/he should change it to
configure.py: error: '/Users/wangyu/Qt5.3.2/5.3/clang_64/bin/qmake' is not an executable

or any path qmake actually lives.

@frozenyeti789

ahhh crap! I somehow managed to download SIP files (through the different way). But i can't install PyQt5 files..? why, what is my problem?

@ClayLewis

What error's are you getting, frozenyeti?

@wxyBUPT
wxyBUPT commented Mar 2, 2016

thanks very much!

but I can't understand the first step " 1. Define your python3 directory ",

what should I do for the first step?

@vityafx
Owner
vityafx commented Apr 4, 2016

@wxyBUPT you need just to find out where is site-packages directory of your python3 installation. If you have few, you must remember it somehow and use in the steps below, for example, create an environment variable $SP_PYTHON_DIR=...(your dir). It is only needed for next steps (15 step).

@jonsavage

Thanks for the guide.

If installing on 10.10.4 make sure to change macosx10.8 to macosx10.10.11 on step 13

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