Fix Python 3 on Windows error Microsoft Visual C++ 14.0 is required

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Fix the error for Python 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8 on Windows:

error Microsoft Visual C++ 14.0 is required

as follows. Visual Studio Studio 2019 Build Tools requires about 3 GB of disk space.

  1. Install using any ONE of these choices:
  2. Select: Workloads → C++ build tools.
  3. Install options: select only the “Windows 10 SDK” (assuming the computer is Windows 10). Optionally, if you want to use MSVC cl.exe C/C++ compiler from the command line, additionally select the MSVC 2019 C++ build tools, which takes an additional 1.5 GB disk space. If you need VS2017 C++ Build Tools, this is another 2.5 GB disk space.


Python versionVisual Studio
2.7, 3.42010
3.52015 / 2017
3.6, 3.7, 3.82017 / 2019

Why Visual C++?

Windows Python needs Visual C++ libraries installed via the SDK to build code, such as via setuptools.extension.Extension or numpy.distutils.core.Extension. For example, building f2py modules in Windows with Python requires Visual C++ SDK as installed above. On Linux and Mac, the C++ libraries are installed with the compiler.


This was the former link to Microsoft Visual C++ Build Tools–no longer active: