The installation of python-maec can be accomplished through a few different workflows.


The python-maec library relies on some non-standard Python libraries for the processing of MAEC content. Revisions of python-maec may depend on particular versions of dependencies to function correctly. These versions are detailed within the distutils installation script.

The following libraries are required to use python-maec:

  • lxml - A Pythonic binding for the C libraries libxml2 and libxslt.
  • python-cybox - A library for consuming and producing CybOX content.
  • python-dateutil - A library for parsing datetime information.

Each of these can be installed with pip or by manually downloading packages from PyPI. On Windows, you will probably have the most luck using pre-compiled binaries for lxml. On Ubuntu (12.04 or 14.04), you should make sure the following packages are installed before attempting to compile lxml from source:

  • libxml2-dev
  • libxslt1-dev
  • zlib1g-dev


Users have encountered errors with versions of libxml2 (a dependency of lxml) prior to version 2.9.1. The default version of libxml2 provided on Ubuntu 12.04 is currently 2.7.8. Users are encouraged to upgrade libxml2 manually if they have any issues. Ubuntu 14.04 provides libxml2 version 2.9.1.

Manual Installation

If you are unable to use pip, you can also install python-maec with setuptools. If you don’t already have setuptools installed, please install it before continuing.

  1. Download and install the dependencies above. Although setuptools will generally install dependencies automatically, installing the dependencies manually beforehand helps distinguish errors in dependency installation from errors in MAEC installation. Make sure you check to ensure the versions you install are compatible with the version of MAEC you plan to install.
  2. Download the desired version of MAEC from PyPI or the GitHub releases page. The steps below assume you are using the release.
  3. Extract the downloaded file. This will leave you with a directory named MAEC-
$ tar -zxf MAEC-
$ ls


$ unzip
$ ls
  1. Run the installation script.
$ cd MAEC-
$ python install
  1. Test the installation.
$ python
Python 2.7.6 (default, Mar 22 2015, 22:59:56)
[GCC 4.8.2] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import MAEC

If you don’t see an ImportError, the installation was successful.

Further Information

If you’re new to installing Python packages, you can learn more at the Python Packaging User Guide, specifically the Installing Python Packages section.