Tutorial- How to install steem python and use steem CLI on Ubuntu 16.04

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Today I'll show you how to install official steem python library on Ubuntu 16.04

You can also run it on any flavor of linux like centOS , fedora etc. If you dont have one check here to run it as virtual player on windows machine.

For steem python we need python 3.5 or higher, lucky for us ,ubuntu 16.04 already has python 3.5 built-in.

Now we need to go to terminal and type following commands:

sudo apt-get update



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Install ssl library:

sudo apt-get install libssl-dev



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Next we need to install pip:

sudo apt-get install -y python3-pip



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Its time to install steem python, note this should take more than a minute:

pip3 install -U steem



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Now that we have steem python installed, lets import our steemit acccount:

steempy import <accountname>

It will prompt you to enter your steemit password, after that you will have to create a local steempy password, confirm it and voila, you have successfully imported your steemit account.

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Now that you have your account imported ,you can do lots of fun stuff, to get started with list of commands:

steempy -h



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Go ahead and play around :)


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Great info, thanks a lot. I am trying hard, and making progress. This bit is not working. The error msg is

could not import setuptools which is required to install from a sourde distribution. Please install setuptools.

I cannot install setuptools. Been trying a lot of things I found, with no luck. Can you help me?

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Try sudo pip3 install -U setuptools

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Good! setuptools installed! Let's see how I do from here.

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Thanks so much. Steempy : command not found. I make progress little by little! The steem installation was long, but I think did not go completely well because there is a long message at the end that starts with EXCEPTION

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Whats the exception error?

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Thanks so much for your reply.

I ran this command again:

pip3 install -U steem

I did not get the exception error this time, apparently. This is the error message this time:

Command "/usr/bin/python3 -u -c "import setuptools, tokenize;file='/tmp/pip-build-qyjiki0u/diff-match-patch/setup.py';f=getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(file);code=f.read().replace('\r\n', '\n');f.close();exec(compile(code, file, 'exec'))" install --record /tmp/pip-ac2_k6gd-record/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-build-qyjiki0u/diff-match-patch/

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try installing as superuser sudo pip3 install -U steem

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Thank you for your great help and your patience. I did as you say. The process starts with this message, in yellow:

The directory '/home/julio/.cache/pip/http' or its parent directory is not owned by the current user and the cache has been disabled. Please check the permissions and owner of that directory. If executing pip with sudo, you may want sudo's -H flag.
The directory '/home/julio/.cache/pip' or its parent directory is not owned by the current user and caching wheels has been disabled. check the permissions and owner of that directory. If executing pip with sudo, you may want sudo's -H flag.

Process ends with this message:

ompilation terminated.
error: command 'x86_64-linux-gnu-gcc' failed with exit status 1

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Command "/usr/bin/python3 -u -c "import setuptools, tokenize;file='/tmp/pip-build-uumczq4y/scrypt/setup.py';f=getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(file);code=f.read().replace('\r\n', '\n');f.close();exec(compile(code, file, 'exec'))" install --record /tmp/pip-o2nmvx3c-record/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-build-uumczq4y/scrypt/

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hmm..seems like your missing some dependency, i'd suggest upgrading to newer python version and then try

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