Getting started


Qiskit Nature depends on the main Qiskit package which has its own Qiskit Getting Started detailing the installation options for Qiskit and its supported environments/platforms. You should refer to that first. Then the information here can be followed which focuses on the additional installation specific to Qiskit Nature.

Qiskit Nature has some functions that have been made optional where the dependent code and/or support program(s) are not (or cannot be) installed by default. These include, for example, classical library/programs for molecular problems. See Optional installs for more information.

The simplest way to get started is to follow the getting started ‘Start locally’ for Qiskit here Qiskit Getting Started

In your virtual environment where you installed Qiskit simply add nature to the extra list in a similar manner to how the extra visualization support is installed for Qiskit, i.e:

pip install qiskit[nature]

It is worth pointing out that if you’re a zsh user (which is the default shell on newer versions of macOS), you’ll need to put qiskit[nature] in quotes:

pip install 'qiskit[nature]'

Installing Qiskit Nature from source allows you to access the most recently updated version under development instead of using the version in the Python Package Index (PyPI) repository. This will give you the ability to inspect and extend the latest version of the Qiskit Nature code more efficiently.

Since Qiskit Nature depends on Qiskit, and its latest changes may require new or changed features of Qiskit, you should first follow Qiskit’s “Install from source” instructions here Qiskit Getting Started

Installing Qiskit Nature from Source

Using the same development environment that you installed Qiskit in you are ready to install Qiskit Nature.

  1. Clone the Qiskit Nature repository.

    git clone https://github.com/Qiskit/qiskit-nature.git
  2. Cloning the repository creates a local folder called qiskit-nature.

    cd qiskit-nature
  3. If you want to run tests or linting checks, install the developer requirements.

    pip install -r requirements-dev.txt
  4. Install qiskit-nature.

    pip install .

If you want to install it in editable mode, meaning that code changes to the project don’t require a reinstall to be applied, you can do this with:

pip install -e .

Optional installs

Qiskit Nature supports the use of different classical libraries and programs, via drivers, which compute molecular information, such as one and two body integrals. This is needed as problem input to algorithms that compute properties of molecules, such as the ground state energy, so at least one such library/program should be installed. As you can choose which driver you use, you can install as many, or as few as you wish, that are supported by your platform etc.

See Driver installation which lists each driver and how to install the dependent library/program that it requires.

Ready to get going?…

Dive into the tutorials

Find out about Qiskit Nature and how to use it for natural science problems.

Qiskit Nature tutorials