Boost-histogram (source) is a Python package providing Python bindings for Boost.Histogram (source).

You can install this library from PyPI with pip:

python -m pip install boost-histogram

or you can use Conda through conda-forge:

conda install -c conda-forge boost-histogram

All the normal best-practices for Python apply; you should be in a virtual environment, etc.

Supported platforms

Binaries available:

These are the supported platforms for which wheels are produced:



Python versions

ManyLinux1 (custom GCC 9.2)

64 & 32-bit

2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8



2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

macOS 10.9+


2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8


64 & 32-bit

2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

  • manylinux1: Using a custom docker container with GCC 9.2; should work but can’t be called directly other compiled extensions unless they do the same thing (think that’s the main caveat). Supporting 32 bits because it’s there.

  • manylinux2010: Requires pip 10+ and a version of Linux newer than 2010.

  • Windows: pybind11 requires compilation with a newer copy of Visual Studio than Python 2.7’s Visual Studio 2008; you need to have the Visual Studio 2015 distributable installed (the dll is included in 2017 and 2019, as well).

If you are on a Linux system that is not part of the “many” in manylinux, such as Alpine or ClearLinux, building from source is usually fine, since the compilers on those systems are often quite new. It will just take a little longer to install when it’s using the sdist instead of a wheel.


The boost-histogram package is available on Conda-Forge, as well. All supported versions are available with the exception of Windows + Python 2.7, which cannot built due to the age of the compiler. Please use Pip if you really need Python 2.7 on Windows. You will also need the VS 2015 distributable, as described above.

conda install -c conda-forge boost-histogram

Source builds

For a source build, for example from an “sdist” package, the only requirements are a C++14 compatible compiler. The compiler requirements are dictated by Boost.Histogram’s C++ requirements: gcc >= 5.5, clang >= 3.8, msvc >= 14.1. You should have a version of pip less than 2-3 years old (10+).

If you are using Python 2.7 on Windows, you will need to use a recent version of Visual studio and force distutils to use it, or just upgrade to Python 3.6 or newer. Check the pybind11 documentation for more help. On some Linux systems, you may need to use a newer compiler than the one your distribution ships with.

Numpy is downloaded during the build (enables multithreaded builds). Boost is not required or needed (this only depends on included header-only dependencies).This library is under active development; you can install directly from GitHub if you would like.

python -m pip install git+