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Installing Packages

You can use most packages available in Python, Javascript, and Ruby. Repl.it will install many packages on the fly just by importing them in code. You can read more about how we do this using upm.

Searching and Adding Packages

On a Python or JavaScript repl, you can search for a package to install by clicking on the icon on the sidebar in the workspace. Simply search for the package you want, and select it to install the package or to view its documentation. Clicking on the Add Package icon will put it in a spec file and a lock file. If no such file exists, it will be created for you.

Unless otherwise specified, the repl will always attempt to install the latest version of each package.

Direct Imports

The easiest way to add a package is through directly importing it. This can be done by just importing it.

Python:

import flask

JavaScript:

const express = require('express');

Doing so will install the latest version of the package into your repl. A spec file and lock file will be created so the versions won't change.

Ruby works a bit differently. To import a package in Ruby, you'll have to use bundler/inline to define the gemspec within the code. As an example, it may look like this:

require 'bundler/inline'

gemfile true do
 source 'http://rubygems.org'
 gem 'colorize'
end

However, wherever possible, we recommend using a file to manage dependencies.

Spec Files

Each language has a file that is used to describe the project's required packages:

Python

In a pyproject.toml file, you list your packages along with other details about your project. For example, given the following snippet from pyproject.toml:

...
[tool.poetry.dependencies]
python = "^3.8"
flask = "^1.1"
...

will tell the packager that your project requires at least python version 3.8 and to install the flask package at version 1.1.

JavaScript

Note that package.json files are only for Nodejs/Express repls (they do not work in HTML/CSS/JS repls). A package.json contains more information about the project, but also lists the dependencies. As an example, here is the package.json file included in our express template.

{
  "name": "app",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "description": "",
  "main": "index.js",
  "scripts": {
  },
  "author": "",
  "license": "MIT",
  "dependencies": {
    "express": "latest",
    "body-parser": "latest",
    "sqlite3": "latest"
  }
}

Note that all the packages are being installed with their latest version. You can replace "latest" with a specific version number to install that version, or precede it with a carat ^ to indicate "this version or newer". For example:

  "dependencies": {
    "express": "^4.16.3",
    "body-parser": "latest",
    "sqlite3": "3.1.12"
  }

This will install express at version 4.16.3 or newer, body-parser at the latest version, and sqlite3 at exactly version 3.1.12.

Ruby

In Ruby, you can use a Gemfile. In this file, you simple start with source 'https://rubygems.org' followed by the gems you want to install. As an example, from our rails boilerplate, a Gemfile may look like:

source 'https://rubygems.org'

gem 'rails', '~> 5.1.5'
gem 'sqlite3'
gem 'tzinfo-data'