Installation Instructions of the Python SWIFT Client on OSX

If you use Apple OS X, you may run into “System Integrity Protection” making installation hard. The easiest way, is to install the swift client into your home dir with --user and if needed --ignore-installed, and make sure python uses that instead of the system version.

First, install your personal version of setuptools:

pip install --ignore-installed --user setuptools

Add these lines to your .profile:

export PATH=~/Library/Python/2.7/bin:$PATH
export MANPATH=~/Library/Python/2.7/share/man:$MANPATH

Reload your profile:

source .profile

Then create a file ~/Library/Python/2.7/lib/python/site-packages/fix_mac_path.pth with this line:

import sys; std_paths=[p for p in sys.path if p.startswith('/System/') and not '/Extras/' in p]; sys.path=[p for p in sys.path if not p.startswith('/System/')]+std_paths

Then install the swift client:

pip install --user python-swiftclient

If you want to change your password, install also the openstack client

pip install --user --ignore-installed python-openstackclient

For more info, check the excellent answer by Matthias Fripp on