Installation of phonopy before the installation of phono3py is required. See how to install phonopy at Phono3py relies on phonopy, so please use the latest release of phonopy when installing phono3py.

Installation using conda

Using conda is the easiest way for installation of phono3py if you are using usual 64 bit linux system. The conda packages for 64bit linux are also found at atztogo channel:

% conda install -c atztogo phono3py

All dependent packages are installed simultaneously.

Installation using pip

PyPI packages are prepared for phonopy and phono3py releases. When installing with PyPI, is executed locally to compile the part of the code written in C, so a few libraries such as lapacke must exist in the system. Those necessary libraries are explained in the next section.

Installation from source code

When installing phono3py using from the source code, a few libraries are required before running script.

For phono3py, OpenMP library is necessary for the multithreding support. In additon, BLAS, LAPACK, and LAPACKE are also needed. These packages are probably installed using the package manager for each OS or conda.

When using gcc to compile phono3py, libgomp1 is necessary to enable OpenMP multithreading support. This library is probably installed already in your system. If you don’t have it and you use Ubuntu linux, it is installed by:

% sudo apt-get install libgomp1

Installation of LAPACKE

LAPACK library is used in a few parts of the code to diagonalize matrices. LAPACK*E* is the C-wrapper of LAPACK and LAPACK relies on BLAS. Both single-thread or multithread BLAS can be used in phono3py. In the following, multiple different ways of installation of LAPACKE are explained.

Netlib LAPACKE provided by Ubuntu package manager (with single-thread BLAS)

In the versions of Ubuntu-12.10 or later, LAPACKE ( can be installed from the package manager (liblapacke and liblapacke-dev):

% sudo apt-get install liblapack-dev liblapacke-dev

Compiling Netlib LAPACKE

The compilation procedure is found at the LAPACKE web site. After creating the LAPACKE library, liblapacke.a (or the dynamic link library), must be properly modified to link it. As an example, the procedure of compiling LAPACKE is shown below.

% tar xvfz lapack-3.6.0.tgz
% cd lapack-3.6.0
% cp
% make lapackelib

BLAS, LAPACK, and LAPACKE, these all may have to be compiled with -fPIC option to use it with python.

OpenBLAS provided by MacPorts (with single-thread BLAS)

MacPorts, the OpenBLAS package contains not only BLAS but also LAPACK and LAPACKE in libopenblas.

MKL LAPACKE (with multithread BLAS)

MKL LAPACKE can be used. For this, file has to be created. In this file, the locations of necessary MKL libraries are provided such as follows:

extra_link_args_lapacke += ['-L/opt/intel/mkl/lib/intel64',
                            '-lmkl_intel_ilp64', '-lmkl_intel_thread',
library_dirs_lapacke += []
include_dirs_lapacke += ['/opt/intel/mkl/include']

OpenBLAS provided by conda (with multithread BLAS)

The installtion of LAPACKE is easy by conda. It is:

% conda install openblas

or if the python libraries are not yet installed:

% conda install openblas numpy scipy h5py pyyaml matplotlib

This openblas package contains BLAS, LAPACK, and LAPACKE.

Building using

If package installation is not possible or you want to compile with special compiler or special options, phono3py is built using In this case, manual modification of may be needed.

Download the latest source packages at and extract it somewhere. In the directory, open and specify the library and its path of a lapacke library. Then

% python install --user

Or you can install phono3py on the current directory by

% python install --home=.

In this way to setup, PYTHONPATH has to be set so that python can find harmonic and anharmonic phonopy libraries. If you have been already a user of phonopy, PYTHONPATH for the original phonopy version has to be removed. The PYTHONPATH setting depends on shells that you use. For example in bash or zsh:

export PYTHONPATH=~/phono3py-1.11.11/lib/python


export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:~/phono3py-1.11.11/lib/python

Phono3py command is installed under bin directory. The location of bin directory is depending on --user or --home scheme when running In the former case, it depends on your operation system, e.g., ~/.local/bin for Ubuntu linux and ~/Library/Python/2.7 for Mac (& python2.7). In the latter case, bin directory is found on the current directory if it was --home=..