Simplified PSSe python importing

psse extension utility pssepath
pip install pssepath==0.2.0


pssepath - Easy PSSE Python coding

Author: whit. (

pssepath simplifies the code required to setup the Python environment necessary to use the PSSE API. Using pssepath all you have to do is:

import pssepath

import psspy

Tested and works on:

  • PSSE 32
  • PSSE 33
  • PSSE 34

Supports 32 and 64 bit windows.

Using this module makes the PSSE system files available for use while avoiding making modifications to system paths or hardcoding the location of the PSSE system folders. This makes PSSE easy to use.

Without pssepath, you have to do something like this:

import os
import sys

os.environ['PATH'] = os.environ['PATH'] + ';' +  PSSE_LOCATION

import psspy

Furthermore, by including pssepath with any scripts you distribute, others will be able to use your code without having to edit your code to suit their varying install paths (such as different versions of PSSE).

It can also provide information about which version of Python to use with a particular install of PSSE to avoid "ImportError: Bad magic number...".


Copy the file to the directory with the python files you want to use this script in.


pssepath provides 3 methods for setting up the PSSE paths:

.. method::  pssepath.add_pssepath()

      Adds the most recent version of PSSE that works with the currently
      running version of Python.

.. method:: pssepath.add_pssepath(<version>)

    Adds the requested version of PSSE. Remember that specifying a version
    number may make your code less portable if you or your colleagues ever use a
    different version.  pssepath.add_pssepath(33)

.. method:: pssepath.select_pssepath()

    Produces a menu of all the PSSE installs on your system, along with
    the required version of Python.

If you have set up your system to have the PSSE system files on the system path at all times, pssepath will only use these files.

For information about the PSSE versions installed on your system, either:

  • execute the file from windows; or
  • run python -m pssepath You may have to specify the python install path: ie. c:\Python25\python -m pssepath

This will provide you with a summary similar to the following:

Found the following versions of PSSE installed:

    1. PSSE version 32
        Requires Python 2.5 (Current running Python)
    2. PSSE version XX
        Requires Python 2.X (Installed)
    3. PSSE version XX
        Requires Python 2.X

The status next to the Python version indicates the installation status of the required Python for the particular PSSE install.

Current running Python
indicates the Python version used to invoke the script (c:\Python25\python if invoked as c:\Python25\python -m pssepath) is appropriate for that version of PSSE.
indicates that a Python version different to the one used to invoke the script is required for that PSSE version, but that it is already installed on your system.
The absence of a status means that a different version of Python is required to run that version of PSSE and it is not installed on your system. As Python comes bundled with PSSE, this status is unlikely.

Ensuring you use the correct version of Python for the version of PSSE you are running will avoid seeing ImportError: Bad magic number... ever again.


This program is released under the very permissive MIT license. You may freely use it for commercial purposes, without needing to provide modified source.

Read the LICENSE file for more information.

Tips on managing multiple Python versions

I like to use batch files that point to a specific python version. For example:

$ more C:\bin\python25.bat
@C:\Python25\python.exe %*

Where the PATH includes c:\bin. Now you can run python scripts with the command:

python25 args

instead of:

c:\Python25\python.exe args


Discussion about this module was conducted at the Python for PSSE Forum involving the following members:

  • Chip Webber
  • JervisW
  • Daniel Hillier

Improvements or suggestions

Visit the Python for PSSE Forum

See also:

For any other questions about Python and PSSE, feel free to raise them on the Python for PSSE Forum