Installation of mesher is possible via pip. Installation into a conda environment probably works but is not tested. Mesher is only supported on Macos and Linux for Python 3.7+

Wheels are not prebuilt for mesher. Instead, mesher will need to be compiled as part of the pip install step. This thus requires a functional build environment.

Mesher is tested on Macos (brew) and Ubuntu (apt-get) although other configurations likely work as expected. Adjust the dependencies below as needed.

It is easiest if Python 3.7, 3.8, 3.9 is used as one of the dependencies (vtk) has prebuilt wheels (see here for details on wheel availability). Consider using the pyenv python version manager if this is not your system default Python version.

Setup environment

Mesher can be built against system libraries or against conan libraries.


Depending on your python install, pip may be pip3


Ensure the following are installed via package manager:

For macos:

brew install gdal
brew install boost
brew install cgal
brew install metis

For Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install libgdal-dev
sudo apt-get install libcgal-dev
sudo apt-get install gdal-bin
sudo apt-get install libcgal-dev
sudo apt-get install libboost-filesystem-dev
sudo apt-get install libboost-program-options-dev
sudo apt-get install libmetis-dev

# on Ubuntu 20.04+
sudo apt-get install python3-gdal
# prior to Ubuntu 20.04, use this instead of python3-gdal
# sudo apt-get install python-gdal

Then install mesher with

pip install mesher


Install conan via

pip install conan

And then setup a new profile

conan profile new default --detect
conan config install

This configuration file setups use of revisions, two new remotes (bincrafters, CHM), and tweaks the settings.yml file to have ubuntu-18.04 and ubuntu-20.04 distros. Setting os.distro = 'ubuntu-20.04' will enable the use of prebuilt library binaries.

Then setup conan to use the new C++ ABI and C++ standard

conan profile update settings.compiler.cppstd=14 default

If using clang (e.g.,Macos), do

conan profile update settings.compiler.libcxx=libc++ default  #with clang

and if using gcc, do

conan profile update settings.compiler.libcxx=libstdc++11 default  #with gcc

then install mesher with

USE_CONAN=TRUE pip install mesher



This is not tested! Mixing conan + conda seems to not be reliable so please use system libraries.

The Anaconda python environment supports pip installs. This example shows installing Anaconda, however if you already have Anaconda installed, then only the instructions from conda create onward is required.

bash -b -p $HOME/conda
source $HOME/conda/bin/activate
conda init
conda update -y --all
conda create -y --name mesher python=3.8
conda activate mesher
conda install -c conda-forge p11-kit # reported as required as per
pip install mesher

This approach will use the system installed gdal.

Install of github branch

You can optionally use pip to install the most recent github version or a github branch. However, the automatic setup of the build environment does not occur, so ensure scikit-build, cmake, conan, and ninja are installed. Then,

pip install git+

If mesher is already installed, use --force-reinstall to reinstall it.