NLTK requires Python versions 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10 or 3.11.
For Windows users, it is strongly recommended that you go through this guide to install Python 3 successfully https://docs.python-guide.org/starting/install3/win/#install3-windows
Setting up a Python Environment (Mac/Unix/Windows)¶
Please go through this guide to learn how to manage your virtual environment managers before you install NLTK, https://docs.python-guide.org/dev/virtualenvs/
Alternatively, you can use the Anaconda distribution installer that comes “batteries included” https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/
Install NLTK: run
pip install --user -U nltk
Install Numpy (optional): run
pip install --user -U numpy
Test installation: run
For older versions of Python it might be necessary to install setuptools (see https://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools) and to install pip (
sudo easy_install pip).
These instructions assume that you do not already have Python installed on your machine.
32-bit binary installation¶
Install Python 3.8: https://www.python.org/downloads/ (avoid the 64-bit versions)
Install Numpy (optional): https://numpy.org/install/
Install NLTK: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/nltk
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Installing Third-Party Software¶
Please see: https://github.com/nltk/nltk/wiki/Installing-Third-Party-Software
Installing NLTK Data¶
After installing the NLTK package, please do install the necessary datasets/models for specific functions to work.
If you’re unsure of which datasets/models you’ll need, you can install the “popular” subset of NLTK data, on the command line type
python -m nltk.downloader popular, or in the Python interpreter
import nltk; nltk.download('popular')
For details, see https://www.nltk.org/data.html