Installation instructions


Note that using pip outside virtualenv is not recommended since it ignores your systems package manager. If you aren’t comfortable debugging package installation issues, this is not the option for you.

Create and activate a virtualenv:

virtualenv dfvfsenv
cd dfvfsenv
source ./bin/activate

Upgrade pip and install dfVFS dependencies:

pip install --upgrade pip
pip install dfvfs

To deactivate the virtualenv run:


Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

To install dfVFS from the GIFT Personal Package Archive (PPA):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gift/stable

Update and install dfVFS:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3-dfvfs


The l2tbinaries contains the necessary packages for running dfVFS. l2tbinaries provides the following branches:

  • main; branch intended for the “packaged release” of dfVFS and dependencies;

  • staging; branch intended for testing pre-releases of dfVFS;

  • dev; branch intended for the “development release” of dfVFS;

  • testing; branch intended for testing newly created packages.

The l2tdevtools project provides an update script to ease the process of keeping the dependencies up to date.

The script requires pywin32.

To install the release versions of the dependencies run:


C:\Python3\python.exe tools\ --preset dfvfs