Install system packages

You can now specify system-level packages that you want to install in your Python environment on Baseten.

Baseten runs your python code on a container using a standard Python image for the Debian Operating System. Occasionally, you may come across Python packages that require additional system packages to function. For example, librosa, a Python package for audio analysis requires the ffmpeg system package for understanding a number of common audio formats such as MP3. Similarly, OpenCV, the popular image-processing package, requires the libjpeg system package to read JPEG files.

Currently, only a standard set of package repositories are looked up but we intend to expand the number of available repositories. Please let us know if you're unable to install a package you need.