Installation of the Rasterio package is complicated by its dependency on libgdal and other C libraries. There are easy installations paths and an advanced installation path.
Rasterio has several extension modules which link against libgdal. This complicates installation. Binary distributions (wheels) containing libgdal and its own dependencies are available from the Python Package Index and can be installed using pip.
pip install rasterio
These wheels are mainly intended to make installation easy for simple applications, not so much for production. They are not tested for compatibility with all other binary wheels, conda packages, or QGIS, and omit many of GDAL’s optional format drivers.
Many users find Anaconda and conda-forge a good way to install Rasterio and get access to more optional format drivers (like TileDB and others).
Rasterio 1.3 requires Python 3.8 or higher and GDAL 3.1 or higher.
Once GDAL and its dependencies are installed on your computer (how to do this
is documented at https://gdal.org) Rasterio can be built and installed using
setuptools or pip. If your GDAL installation provides the
program, the process is simpler.
GDAL_CONFIG=/path/to/gdal-config python setup.py install
With pip (version >= 22.3 is required):
python -m pip install --user -U pip GDAL_CONFIG=/path/to/gdal-config python -m pip install --user --no-binary rasterio rasterio
These are pretty much equivalent. Pip will use setuptools as the build backend. If the gdal-config program is on your executable path, then you don’t need to set the environment variable.
Without gdal-config you will need to configure header and library locations for the build in another way. One way to do this is to create a setup.cfg file in the source directory with content like this:
[build_ext] include_dirs = C:/vcpkg/installed/x64-windows/include libraries = gdal library_dirs = C:/vcpkg/installed/x64-windows/lib
This is the approach taken by Rasterio’s wheel-building workflow.
With this file in place you can run either
python setup.py install or
python -m pip install --user ..
You can also pass those three values on the command line following the setuptools documentation. However, the setup.cfg approach is easier.