Pip Binary Packages

pip install ssh-python will attempt to download a pre-compiled wheel, or try to build from source if one does not exist for the platform.

pip install -U pip to upgrade version of pip, helpful on older Python installations.

Building from Source

By default, the package will try to build against an embedded version of libssh.

To build against a system library, export the SYSTEM_LIBSSH=1 environment variable prior to building.

The following libraries are required:

  • OpenSSL 1.0 or 1.1, >=1.1 for Ed25519 support
  • Kerberos 5 for GSSAPI authentication
  • Zlib for compression support

Pip Installation Methods

pip install . in the sources root directory will build and install a wheel.

pip wheel . to build a wheel alone.

System Installation Methods

python install when wanting to make a system package, or to install in site-packages.

SYSTEM_LIBSSH=1 python install to build against system libssh and install to site-packages.

Building on Windows


  • Python >= 3.6
  • Visual Studio 14 or above
  • OpenSSL 1.1
  • Zlib
  • Kerberos 5 for GSSAPI authentication
  • libssh


  • Build and install dependencies
  • Install python package via python install or pip install . * pip wheel . as before for creating a wheel.

Note dependencies will need to be built statically to be distributable to other Windows systems.

Cygwin/MingW probably do not work.