The installation of this package is divided in 2-parts. Installation of the package and its software dependencies and the installation of databases.

Package Installation

To install this package, first follow our installation instructions. Then, using the Python interpreter provided by the distribution, install this package:

$ conda install

Setting up Databases

In order to run vein recognition algorithms using this package, you’ll need to make sure to download the raw files corresponding to the databases you’d like to process. The raw files are not distributed with Bob software as biometric data is, to most countries, considered sensible data that cannot be obtained without explicit licensing from a data controller. You must visit the websites below, sign the license agreements and then download the data before trying out to run the baselines.


If you’re at the Idiap Research Institute in Switzlerand, the datasets in the baselines mentioned in this guide are already downloaded and pre-installed on our shared file system.

The current system readily supports the following freely available datasets:

After downloading the databases, annotate the base directories in which they are installed. Then, run the commands below let this framework know where root installation of such databases are located on your system:

$ bob config set [PATH]
$ bob config set [PATH]
$ bob config set [PATH]
$ bob config set [PATH]


If you’re developing this package, you may automatically clone all necessary Bob repositories on your local package installation. This allows you to build against an environment which contains all of our dependencies, but no previously installed Bob packages. To do so, use the buildout recipe in develop.cfg just after bootstraping:

$ buildout -c develop.cfg

Database SQL support files

If you installed all packages from scratch like above, you’ll need to download the SQL support files of some of the database front-ends available in this package. This operation can be easily done like this:

$ all download --missing