Getting Python 3.6 build tools working on Windows

What an annoying process this has become. Used to be "download this exe, install and carry on".

Didn't bother with Python 3.7 since a lot of libraries were breaking on Linux.


Grab Microsoft Visual C++ 14.0 standalone: Build Tools for Visual Studio 2017 (x86, x64, ARM, ARM64).


  • Run vs_buildtools.exe
  • Wait for it to download a bunch of files for "Visual Studio Installer"
  • Click "Individual components"
  • Select "Compilers, build tools, and runtimes" > "VC++ 2017 version 15.7 v14.14 latest v141 tools" (or whatever is latest)
  • Select "Development activities" > "Visual C++ Build Tools core features"
  • Select "Windows  10 SDK (10.0.17134.0)"
  • Everything else needed will be automatically selected for you.
  • Last chance to change "Installation location" at the bottom
  • Go grab a coffee or tea.

All up it should take about 3.03gb in space.


Summary on the side should look something like this


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