Easy_install cache downloaded files

Is there a way to configure easy_install to avoid having to download the files again when an installation fails?


  • Update 13 years later: easy_install was removed from Python in January 2021. The python package manager is pip, it caches downloaded packages.

    pip ( is a drop-in replacement for the easy_install tool and can do that.

    Just run easy_install pip and set an environment variable PIP_DOWNLOAD_CACHE to the path you want pip to store the files. Note that the cache won't work with dependencies that checkout from a source code repository (like svn/git/hg/bzr).

    Then use pip install instead of easy_install