I would love to use python-docx, but it is only available as a .wheel, and requires PIP to install.

For security reasons, our PCs are locked down tight and we can't install. There is also something else going on with the firewall, because I finally figured out that I could use

python.exe" -m pip install -U pip wheel docx

but that timed out, so I imagine that they are blocking certain kinds of traffic.

Since a .wheel file is just a .zip with different extension, I could rename it and extract the files, but I don't know where to copy them to, plus there are the dependencies (lxml, which, in turn, has its own dependencies).

So far, this reads like a question for another site, and maybe it will become one. Right now, I just want a Python library, preferably a single file, with instructions to say where to copy it (some central Python directory, or the directory of the script that uses it), so that I can import <library> and use it to read/write MS word files (2103 and later).


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As you can read there on the official docs you can install it without using pip.

  1. Download python-docx latest version from here
  2. Extract it using 7zip or your favorite tool
  3. cd python-docx-{version}
  4. python setup.py install

But you need to make sure the dependencies are met, therefore you need to install first lxml. I assume youre using windows, you can find prebuild binaries of lxml here.

I know you wrote you cant install things, but your question reads more like youre not able to cant download files through pip.

I havent tested this, but this should lead you to the correct direction


I just found out, that there are actually prebuild python wheels available for lxml here. You need to download the one, appropriate to your environment (in my case it was lxml‑4.2.5‑cp37‑cp37m‑win32.whl - I have python 3.7 installed).

  • Afterwards copy it to somwhere
  • Install it using pip: pip install C:/dev/pythonTest/lxml-4.2.5-cp37-cp37m-win32.whl
  • Follow 1-4 from above

After doing this steps, I was able to use python-docx.

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    Thanks a 1,000,000. That ought to do it. We can't install, as in run a standard setup.exxe, and definitely can't do anything that writes to the registry, but I reckon this ought to be doable. Thanks again!
    – Mawg
    Nov 10, 2018 at 8:47
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    Do you have pip installed? I know you cant install from internet, but do you have it installed? EDIT: I have updated my answer. Give it a try
    – Joker
    Nov 12, 2018 at 8:55
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    Thanks a 1,000,000. I found a pip.tgz and managed to install it.
    – Mawg
    Nov 12, 2018 at 9:14
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    Its also bundled usually with the latest python installation :) Glad it worked out for you!
    – Joker
    Nov 12, 2018 at 9:15
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    Yaya!! It workzes! I have opened a 200 point bounty which I can't award for 23 hours. Rest assured that you will receive it then :-) Thanks a 1,000,000 for your help, and for your patience
    – Mawg
    Nov 12, 2018 at 9:24

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