The key to remember here is that PyPy requires it’s own instance of pip, and apt-get python-pip will only install pip for the CPython version you have installed elsewhere…

Download the latest release of PyPy to /opt from here:

cd /opt
sudo wget

Un-tar the download in /opt:

sudo tar -xvjf pypy-2.5.1-linux64.tar.bz2

Then change directory to bin of PyPy:

cd /opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/bin

Download pip setup from here:

sudo wget

Run pip setup:

sudo ./pypy

Setup symbolic links for the user account that will be running the pypy python:

cd /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/bin/pypy pypy
sudo ln -s pypy python

Verify all went well (you can see both python and pypy at terminal point to pypy):

dave@wamp1:~$ pypy
Python 2.7.9 (9c4588d731b7, Mar 23 2015, 16:30:30)
[PyPy 2.5.1 with GCC 4.6.3] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

dave@wamp1:~$ python
Python 2.7.9 (9c4588d731b7, Mar 23 2015, 16:30:30)
[PyPy 2.5.1 with GCC 4.6.3] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

Setup symbolic link for the user account that will be running the pip for pypy and loading packages:

cd /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/bin/pip pypy-pip

Then you can install python packages inside pypy so a pypy instance can use them just like if they were installed in python (though you will probably need symbolic links from /usr/local/bin if they have binaries like crossbar does…):

cd ~
sudo apt-get install gcc libssl-dev libffi-dev
sudo pypy-pip install -U crossbar python-dev wsaccel setproctitle

Or optionally for nightly builds:

sudo pypy-pip install -U python-dev wsaccel setproctitle


cd /usr/local/bin/
sudo ln -s /opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/bin/crossbar crossbar

Next we need to make sure that in this instance, our package is pointing to the correct python interpreter, in this case we want to use pypy:

cd /opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/bin/
sudo nano crossbar

And change the first line from #!/usr/bin/python to:


Now we can run crossbar’s CLI “version” command to get info (Note: Stock CPython install of will list ujson for WAMP JSON Codec but I could not get ujson installed in pypy):

dave@wamp1:~$ crossbar version package versions and platform information:                  : 0.10.4

  Autobahn|Python            : 0.10.3
    WebSocket UTF8 Validator : wsaccel-0.6.2
    WebSocket XOR Masker     : wsaccel-0.6.2
    WAMP JSON Codec          : stdlib
    WAMP MsgPack Codec       : msgpack-python-0.4.6
  Twisted                    : 15.1.0-EPollReactor
  Python                     : 2.7.9-PyPy

OS                           : Linux-3.13.0-45-generic-x86_64-with-debian-jessie-sid
Machine                      : x86_64

uJSON error below:

dave@wamp1:~$ sudo pypy-pip install -U ujson

Collecting ujson
  Downloading (197kB)
    100% |████████████████████████████████| 200kB 927kB/s 
Installing collected packages: ujson
  Running install for ujson
    Complete output from command /opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/bin/pypy -c "import setuptools, tokenize;__file__='/tmp/pip-build-JXCIjX/ujson/';exec(compile(getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(__file__).read().replace('\r\n', '\n'), __file__, 'exec'))" install --record /tmp/pip-tLVOiN-record/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile:
    running install
    running build
    running build_ext
    building 'ujson' extension
    creating build
    creating build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7
    creating build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/python
    creating build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/lib
    cc -O2 -fPIC -Wimplicit -I./python -I./lib -I/opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/include -c ./python/ujson.c -o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/./python/ujson.o -D_GNU_SOURCE
    cc -O2 -fPIC -Wimplicit -I./python -I./lib -I/opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/include -c ./python/objToJSON.c -o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.7/./python/objToJSON.o -D_GNU_SOURCE
    ./python/objToJSON.c: In function ‘Object_beginTypeContext’:
    ./python/objToJSON.c:523:3: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘PyObject_Malloc’ [-Wimplicit-function-declaration]
       tc->prv = PyObject_Malloc(sizeof(TypeContext));
    ./python/objToJSON.c:523:11: warning: assignment makes pointer from integer without a cast [enabled by default]
       tc->prv = PyObject_Malloc(sizeof(TypeContext));
    ./python/objToJSON.c:663:13: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘PyAnySet_Check’ [-Wimplicit-function-declaration]
                 if (PyAnySet_Check(obj))
    ./python/objToJSON.c:722:13: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘PyObject_Free’ [-Wimplicit-function-declaration]
    ./python/objToJSON.c: In function ‘objToJSON’:
    ./python/objToJSON.c:817:3: error: ‘PyObject_Malloc’ undeclared (first use in this function)
    ./python/objToJSON.c:817:3: note: each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each function it appears in
    ./python/objToJSON.c:818:3: error: ‘PyObject_Realloc’ undeclared (first use in this function)
    ./python/objToJSON.c:819:3: error: ‘PyObject_Free’ undeclared (first use in this function)
    error: command 'cc' failed with exit status 1
    Command "/opt/pypy-2.5.1-linux64/bin/pypy -c "import setuptools, tokenize;__file__='/tmp/pip-build-JXCIjX/ujson/';exec(compile(getattr(tokenize, 'open', open)(__file__).read().replace('\r\n', '\n'), __file__, 'exec'))" install --record /tmp/pip-tLVOiN-record/install-record.txt --single-version-externally-managed --compile" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-build-JXCIjX/ujson