# Installation instructions¶

## Prerequisite: Python¶

Install Python and packages for scientific computing in Python (scipy, numpy, matplotlib). The package is tested and works with both Python 2.7 and Python 3.5. We recommend installing Python distributions that comes with Numpy that is connected to the optimized numeric libraries like ATLAS. One such distribution is Anaconda, that provides ATLAS support and optimized math kernel.

Download latest release for your operating system, unzip the archive and set the folder somewhere within the Python package search path or directly in your project directory. Simply import and use the module:

>>> from arc import *
>>> # write your code that uses ARC then.


It is important that package is stored somewhere where user has write permissions, so that it can update the databases with atomic properties.

## Compiling C extension¶

Optimized version of the Numerov is provided as the C code arc_c_extensions.c. You don’t need to perform this step of manual compilation of that code if you followed recommended installation instruction by downloading precompiled binary distribution for the latest release . Note that path to arc directory should not contain spaces in order to setupc.py script to work.

For Windows users

If precompiled binaries don’t work, please contact developers. Compiling Numpy C extensions on Windows is a bit complicated due to use of C89 standard (instead of C99). Procedure is the following. One needs to use MSVC compiler in order to compile Numpy extension for Python 2.7 under Windows. For other Python versions (3.5) find correct compiler here . After installation of the compiler, find in Start menu “Visual C++ 2008 32-bit Command Prompt” (for 32-bit Python) or “Visual C++ 2008 64-bit Command Prompt” (for 64-bit Python). Set the following variables set in the command prompt environment:

SET DISTUTILS_USE_SDK=1
SET MSSdk=1
python setupc.py build_ext --inplace


This should build C Numpy extension (implementing Numerov integration) under Windows. We recommend, however, using pre-build binaries available on the release page .

For Linux users

Download and install GNU C compiler. Then with terminal open, navigate to arc folder where setupc.py file is located execute:

python setupc.py build_ext --inplace


For Mac users

Download and install GNU C compiler. Then with terminal open, navigate to arc folder where setupc.py file is located execute:

python setupc.py build_ext --inplace


Slow alternative: Numerov implemented in pure Python

Alternative solution, if you don’t want to compile anything, is to use pure Python implementation of the Numerov, provided in the package. This is done by passing cpp_numerov = False flag whenever atoms are initialized, e.g:

atom = Rubidium(cpp_numerov=False)


This is not recommended option for complex calculations, since it will run much more slowly then optimized C version, but is fine if you need just a few numbers.

Finally...

That is all, enjoy using ARC package. Check IPython notebook with examples to see some ideas where to start.