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Kalliope requirements for Debian Jessie/Stretch

Debian packages requirements

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and check that you have contrib and non-free are enabled:

On Debian Jessie:

deb jessie main contrib non-free
deb-src jessie main contrib non-free

On Debian Stretch:

deb stretch main contrib non-free
deb-src stretch main contrib non-free

Install some required system libraries and softwares:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y \
    git python3-dev libpython3-dev libsmpeg0 libttspico-utils flac \
    libffi-dev libssl-dev portaudio19-dev build-essential \
    libatlas3-base mplayer wget vim sudo locales \
    pulseaudio-utils libasound2-plugins python3-pyaudio libasound-dev \
    libportaudio2 libportaudiocpp0 ffmpeg

Let's install the last release of python-pip

sudo python3

Then, with pip, the last release of setuptools

sudo pip3 install -U setuptools

Kalliope installation

Note: Python 2 is not supported anymore

Method 1 - User install using the PIP package

You can install kalliope on your system by using Pypi:

sudo pip3 install kalliope

Method 2 - Manual setup using sources

Clone the project:

git clone
cd kalliope

Install the project:

sudo python3 -m pip install .

Method 3 - Developer install using Virtualenv

Install the python-virtualenv package:

sudo pip3 install virtualenv

Clone the project:

git clone
cd kalliope

Generate a local python3 virtual environment:

virtualenv venv -p /usr/bin/python3

Activate the local environment:

source venv/bin/activate

Install Kalliope

python3 -m pip install .

Method 4 - Developer, dependencies install only

Clone the project:

git clone
cd kalliope

Install the python dependencies directly:

sudo pip3 install -r install/files/python_requirements.txt

Test your env

Check your microphone and speaker config

To ensure that you can record your voice, run the following command to capture audio input from your microphone:

rec test.wav

Press CTRL-C after capturing a sample of your voice.

Then play the recorded audio file

mplayer test.wav

Your installation is now complete, let's take a look now to the getting started documentation to learn how to use Kalliope.

(Optional) Start Kalliope automatically after a reboot

If you want to start Kalliope automatically:

Place the script bellow in /etc/systemd/system/kalliope.service.

Update the path <my_config_path> with the path where you've placed your brain.yml and settings.yml.

Update the <username> with a non root user. For example, on Raspbian you can set pi.



ExecStart=/bin/bash -c "/usr/local/bin/kalliope start > ${STDOUT} 2> ${STDERR}"





ExecStart=/bin/bash -c "/usr/local/bin/kalliope start > ${STDOUT} 2> ${STDERR}"


Create both log files and give rights to you user

sudo touch /var/log/kalliope.log
sudo touch /var/log/kalliope.err.log
sudo chown pi:pi /var/log/kalliope*

Then, reload systemctl, start the service and enable it at startup

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start kalliope
sudo systemctl enable kalliope

Check that the service is ok

sudo systemctl status kalliope