Getting your gorilla


Step 1: Download Anaconda

Anaconda is a framework to facilitate package and environment management. You can install the latest version of anaconda by visiting the following link:

You can download the “Python 3.5” or the “Python 2.7” version depending on which version of python you use more frequently. Note that despite what you choose you can still run both python 2.7 and python 3.5.

Anaconda's download page

Step 2: Get Biggorilla’s Environment

If Anaconda is installed successfully, you can run the following command to get BigGorilla’s environment for Python 3.5:

>> conda env create biggorilla/py3gorilla
You can alternatively get the environment for Python 2.7 by replacing “py3gorilla” with “py2gorilla” in the above command.

Step 3: Activate BiGGorilla

To activate the BigGorilla’s Python 3.5 environment, enter the following command:

>> source activate Py3Gorilla

You can activate the environment for Python 2.7 by replacing “Py3Gorilla” with “Py2Gorilla” in the above command.

To deactivate the BigGorilla environment enter the following command:

>> source deactivate

A quick test

Let’s try to use a simple python notebook to ensure that the setup has been successful. First, download the test notebook from BigGorilla’s repository from here or by entering the following command:

>> anaconda download biggorilla/hi_gorilla

Then type the following commands to activate the BigGorilla environment and view the downloaded notebook:

>> source activate Py3Gorilla
>> jupyter notebook hi_gorilla.ipynb

When the notebook is loaded, click on “Restart & Run All” from “kernel” menu to run the notebook. If the message A BigGorilla says “Hi” is printed successfully, then the BigGorilla setup has been successful.
Running the hi_gorilla notebook