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How to install PyschoPy on Linux Mint Debian Edition

How to Install PsychoPy on Linux Mint

Installing PsychoPy on Linux Mint was not straight forward.  This is a short guide on how to install PsychoPy on Linux Mint Debian edition. After some searching around on forums and such I found a solution and put it together in one place. PsychoPy is an application written in Python for creating experiments (e.g., for psychology or neuroscience). See my post PsychoPy – Free and Open Source Experiment builder written in Python for my thoughts on the software..

First you add the neuro debian repository:

wget -O- http://neuro.debian.net/lists/jessie.de-m.full 
sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/neurodebian.sources.list
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp://pgp.mit.edu:80 0xA5D32F012649A5A9

Update: you may need to change the keyserver (I have not tested, however):

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net:80 0xA5D32F012649A5A9

The code above is using a German mirror (follow the link to choose another one). When you have chosen your mirror, added the repository:

sudo apt-get update

Now you are now ready to install Psychopy and dependencies:

sudo apt-get install psychopy python-wxgtk3.0 python-yaml python-psutil
sudo apt-get install python-tables python-yaml python-pyo

Note that you need to change to the proper wxgtk-version (as for 2015-04-15 it was 3.0 on LMDE). Also, if you want to use Pygame you should add that package (python-pygame).

However, you still need to install avbin. Choose your architecture (i.e., 32 or 64) and download from https://code.google.com/p/avbin, go to the directory where you downloaded the file:

tar xfv avbin-linux-x86-64-7.tar.gz | bash install.sh
That is it, now PsychoPy and dependencies are installed. You should be able to run PsychoPy in Linux Mint Debian now (if not, please let me know!).
Edit: today when I tried to run PsychoPy it could not find the module pandas (python-pandas). You might have to install it to get it to work (2015-04-25).

2 Comments

  1. Kyle Kainec Kyle Kainec

    Hello,

    Do you have any idea why it might be the case that on Linux mint 18.2 that psychopy would close right after the wizard? I followed this tutorial and got wxpython and avbin to work, but the program won’t stay open after the wizard runs.

    • Hey Kyle,

      I have not, myself, run into that problem. You could try to start PsychoPy in the terminal. That way you’ll get an error message that may give you a hint. If you do that, and post the error message here, I’ll may be of more help. If you don’t manage to solve it by yourself, of course. Let me know,

      Erik

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