Setting up you splinter development environment

Setting up a splinter development environment is a really easy task, you need to make sure you have some basic development tools in your machine, you can setup the entire environment with just one command.

Basic development tools

Let’s deal with those tools first.

Mac OS

If you’re a Mac OS user, you just need to install XCode, which can be downloaded from Mac App Store (on Mac OS X Lion) or from Apple website.


If you are running a Linux in your computer, you need to install some basic development libraries and headers. On Ubuntu, you can easily install all of them using apt-get:

$ [sudo] apt-get install build-essential python-dev libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev

PIP and virtualenv

Make sure you have pip installed. We manage all splinter development dependencies with PIP, so you should use it for too.

And please, for the sake of a nice development environment, use virtualenv. If you aren’t using it yet, start now. :)


Once you had all development libraries installed for you OS, just install all splinter development dependencies with make:

$ [sudo] make dependencies

Note: You will need sudo only if you aren’t using virtualenv (which means you’re a really bad guy - no donuts for you).

Also make sure you have properly configured your Chrome driver.