Installing poezio


Python 3.3 or better is highly recommended, as we do not officially support python 3.1 (although we do try to keep things running), and python 3.2 has some unfixable issues.

poezio in the GNU/Linux distributions

As far as I know, Poezio is available in the following distributions, you just have to install it by using the package manager of the distribution, if you’re using one of these.

  • Archlinux: A poezio and poezio-git packages are in AUR (use your favourite

    AUR wrapper to install them)

  • Gentoo: Sekh’s overlay contains everything required to build poezio

    (sleekxmpp, dnspython, and poezio)

  • Fedora: The poezio package was out of date for a long time in Fedora, but

    now thanks to Casper, there is an up-to-date package in the repos since F19.

  • Debian: Use an other distro. (or make a package, we can provide help :) )

(If another distribution provides a poezio package, please tell us and we will add it to the list)

Install from source


The make command is always required, because while we could provide the compiled file into the archive, the ABI changes and platform variety would make it sure that the list of archives is either incomplete or wrong.

Packagers are of course welcome to compile the file and include it in their architecture-specific and fixed-python packages.

Stable version

Stable version packages are available in standalone (included dependencies) and poezio-only packages (both with prebuilt html doc for convenience).

Development version

The stable versions of poezio are more like snapshots of states of development we deem acceptable. There is always an incentive to use the development version, like new features, bug fixes, and more support. Therefore, you might want to use the git version.

git clone git://
cd poezio



Poezio is a python3-only application, so you will first need that, preferably in the latest available version, down to 3.2.


Python 3.1 is not officially supported and tested, but should work (if it doesn’t, we can fix it if the fix does not require ugly modifications). In this case, you will want to install the python3-argparse package if it exists, or use pip3/virtualenvs to install it.

You will first need python3-devel, or whatever your distribution named it, along with standard utilities such as make. Once you have them, you can run make to build the only part of poezio that needs it. If you downloaded the standalone stable package, you are finished here and can skip to running poezio.

Poezio depends on two libraries:

If you do not want to install those libraries, you can skip directly to the installation part


It should be available right now in most software repositories, under the name python3-dnspython or python3-dnspython3. Any stable version should fit.

For a manual install:

wget -O dnspython.tar.gz
tar xvf dnspython.tar.gz
cd dnspython3-1.11.1
python3 build
python3 install --user


Poezio now depends on SleekXMPP 1.2. if your distribution does not provide it yet, you can install it this way:

tar xvf 1.2.0.tar.gz
python3 build
python3 install --user



The + method is the recommended way of using and upgrading the devel version of poezio. Installing should only be done with stable versions.

If you skipped the installation of the dependencies and you only want to run poezio without a system-wide install, do, in the poezio directory:


If you have git installed, it will download and update locally the libraries for you. (and if you don’t have git installed, install it)

If you really want to install it, run as root (or sudo in ubuntu or whatever):

make install


If you didn’t install poezio, you can run it from the source directory with:


If you did, it should be in he $PATH as poezio, so run: