First install KLayout.
Developer setup may be done independently from the GUI based installation of the KQCircuits Salt package. But you should not do both without removing the other one. Otherwise there will be duplicate macros and possibly other problems.
KQCircuits installation requires Python 3, which should be already installed on Linux. On Windows
you may have to install it. If your Python installation does not already contain the
manager, you have to also install that.
Successfully tested versions:
Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04 LTS with Python 3.6.9 and Python 3.8.5
Windows: Python 3.7.6, 3.8.5
Get KQCircuits’ sources with:
git clone https://github.com/iqm-finland/KQCircuits
Alternatively, you may re-use the Salt package itself for quick tests, it is under the
.klayout/salt/KQCircuits directory. In this case creating symbolic links or installing some
dependencies may not be required. Beware, a Salt package update will overwrite your code in this
directory without any warning!
This section explains basic installation, where the required packages are automatically installed in the default locations where KLayout looks for them. If you want to have more control over the installation process, see the next section.
Open a command line / terminal and
cd to your KQCircuits folder. Then write:
to install KQC. You may have to write
py instead of
python3 depending on your OS and Python installation, just make sure that
the command refers to Python 3.
If your Python installation does not already contain the
manager, you have to also install that too.
Note, that KLayout will run macros with it’s own Python version, ignoring virtualenv settings. KLayout is linked together with libpython*.so on Linux and libpython*.dll on Windows.
If KQCircuits is not working properly after installation (KQC libraries not visible, running any macro gives an error, etc.), there might be some problem with the specific KLayout version/build you are using, see Known installation issues section for possible solutions.
Updating an existing KQCircuits setup is easy. After updating KQCircuits code itself with
pull just run setup_within_klayout.py again. This will take care of upgrading (or downgrading)
KQCircuit’s Python dependencies and installing new ones, as needed. Running KLayout will similarly
update KQCircuits’ dependencies in its own Python environment.
If a new version of KQCircuits has stopped using a certain Python dependency that will not be removed automatically. The user has to remove that manually if it causes any problem.
Don’t do it, unless you really need multiple parallel environments.
It is possible to work with several independent KQC instances simultaneously. You only need to check out KQCircuits under some different name:
git clone https://github.com/iqm-finland/KQCircuits KQC_2nd
KLayout needs to know about this secondary environment, for example:
Remember to set up a new
venv before attempting KLayout Standalone Usage in this directory. Otherwise
your secondary environment may get mixed up with the primary one.
To use KQCircuits in KLayout Editor, symlinks must be created from KLayout’s python folder to your KQCircuits folder. Some Python packages must also be installed for KQCircuits to work. The details of these steps for different operating systems are explained in the following subsections. The script setup_within_klayout.py used in the previous section attempts to automatically do the same steps as explained below.
Linux or MacOS¶
Create a symlink from KLayout to the kqcircuits package and scripts:
ln -s /Path_to_KQCircuits/klayout_package/python/kqcircuits ~/.klayout/python/kqcircuits ln -s /Path_to_KQCircuits/klayout_package/python/scripts ~/.klayout/python/kqcircuits_scripts
To install the required packages, open a terminal in your KQCircuits folder (which contains requirements_within_klayout_unix.txt), and write:
pip3 install -r requirements_within_klayout_unix.txt
The previous command installs the packages to your system’s default Python environment, because that is where KLayout looks for the packages on Linux. If you want to install the packages in a separate environment instead, you have to create a symlink to there.
Create a symlink from KLayout to kqcircuits by opening a command prompt with administrator privileges, and do:
cd %HOMEPATH%\KLayout\python mklink /D kqcircuits "Path_to_KQCircuits\klayout_package\python\kqcircuits" mklink /D kqcircuits_scripts "Path_to_KQCircuits\klayout_package\python\scripts"
(In PowerShell replace the first line by
Install the required packages by opening command prompt in your KQCircuits folder (which contains requirements_within_klayout_windows.txt), and writing:
pip install -r requirements_within_klayout_windows.txt --target=%HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\KLayout\lib\python3.7\site-packages
python3.7 in this path by the python version used by your KLayout
The previous command installs the packages to KLayout’s embedded Python environment, which is where KLayout looks for packages on Windows. If you want to install the packages in another environment instead, you have to create a symlink to there.
Some packages, like numpy, must be compiled on the same compiler as the embedded Python in KLayout. Since KLayout 0.26.2, a correct version of numpy is already included with KLayout, so this shouldn’t be a problem.