While there are several ways of install RapidFuzz, the recommended methods are either by using pip (the Python package manager) or conda (an open-source, cross-platform, package manager)

using pip#

RapidFuzz can be installed with pip:

pip install rapidfuzz

There are pre-built binaries (wheels) of RapidFuzz for MacOS (10.9 and later), Linux x86_64 and Windows.

failure "ImportError: DLL load failed"

If you run into this error on Windows the reason is most likely, that the Visual C++ 2019 redistributable is not installed, which is required to find C++ Libraries (The C++ 2019 version includes the 2015, 2017 and 2019 version).

using conda#

RapidFuzz can be installed with conda:

conda install -c conda-forge rapidfuzz

from git#

RapidFuzz can be directly used from GitHub by cloning the repository. This requires a C++14 capable compiler.

git clone --recursive
cd rapidfuzz
pip install .