At the command line:

$ [sudo] pip install cookiecutter

Or, if you do not have pip:

$ [sudo] easy_install cookiecutter

Though, pip is recommended.

Or, if you are using conda, first add conda-forge to your channels:

$ conda config --add channels conda-forge

Once the conda-forge channel has been enabled, cookiecutter can be installed with:

$ conda install cookiecutter

Alternate installations

Homebrew (Mac OS X only):

$ brew install cookiecutter

Pipsi (Linux/OSX only):

$ pipsi install cookiecutter

Debian (Most recentpackaged cookiecutter version):

To access the most recent version, choose the ‘unstable’ branch at Before cookiecutter may be installed, all dependencies must be installed. These dependencies may be safely discovered by performing ‘dpkg -i’ on cookiecutter and then installing the printed dependency notifications. What follows is a log of the commands entered during a typical cookiecutter installation of the latest debian package version (Note: your packages may vary).

$ sudo dpkg -i cookiecutter_1.4.0-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-cookiecutter_1.4.0-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-binaryornot_0.4.0-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-click_6.6-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-future_0.15.2-2_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-configparser_3.3.0r2-2_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-jinja2-time_0.1.0-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-arrow_0.7.0-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-whichcraft_0.1.1-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i python-ruamel.yaml_0.11.11-1_amd64.deb # architecture specific
$ sudo dpkg -i python-ruamel.ordereddict_0.4.9-1_amd64.deb # architecture specific
$ sudo dpkg --configure -a # configures all packages installed above
$ cookiecutter --version # Test installation of cookiecutter


The debian cookiecutter package is patched version of cookiecutter using a different YAML parser from other installations.

Upgrading from 0.6.4 to 0.7.0 or greater

First, read History in detail. There are a lot of major changes. The big ones are:

  • Cookiecutter no longer deletes the cloned repo after generating a project.
  • Cloned repos are saved into ~/.cookiecutters/.
  • You can optionally create a ~/.cookiecutterrc config file.

Upgrade Cookiecutter either with easy_install:

$ [sudo] easy_install --upgrade cookiecutter

Or with pip:

$ [sudo] pip install -U cookiecutter

Then you should be good to go.