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Installation on SUSE systems

This is a guide to installing WeeWX from an RPM package systems based on SUSE, such as openSUSE Leap.

WeeWX V5 requires Python 3.6 or greater, which is only available on SUSE-15 or later. For older systems, install Python 3 then install WeeWX using pip.

Configure zypper

The first time you install WeeWX, you must configure zypper so that it will trust, and know where to find the WeeWX releases.

  1. Tell your system to trust

    sudo rpm --import
  2. Tell zypper where to find the WeeWX repository.

    curl -s | \
        sudo tee /etc/zypp/repos.d/weewx.repo


Install WeeWX using zypper. When you are done, WeeWX will be running the Simulator in the background.

sudo zypper install weewx


After 5 minutes, copy the following and paste into a web browser. You should see simulated data.


If things are not working as you think they should, check the status:

sudo systemctl status weewx
and check the system log:
sudo journalctl -u weewx
See the Troubleshooting section of the User's guide for more help.


To switch from the Simulator to real hardware, reconfigure the driver.

# Stop the daemon
sudo systemctl stop weewx
# Reconfigure to use your hardware
weectl station reconfigure
# Delete the old database
rm /var/lib/weewx/weewx.sdb
# Start the daemon
sudo systemctl start weewx


To enable uploads, or to enable other reports, modify the configuration file /etc/weewx/weewx.conf using any text editor such as nano:

nano /etc/weewx/weewx.conf

The reference Application options contains an extensive list of the configuration options, with explanations for what they do. For more advanced customization, see the Customization Guide, as well as the reference Skin options.

To install new skins, drivers, or other extensions, use the extension utility.

WeeWX must be restarted for the changes to take effect.

sudo systemctl restart weewx


Upgrade to the latest version like this:

sudo zypper update weewx

The upgrade process will only upgrade the WeeWX software; it does not modify the configuration file, database, or any extensions you may have installed.

If modifications have been made to the configuration file or the skins that come with WeeWX, you will see a message about any differences between the modified files and the new files. Any new changes from the upgrade will be noted as files with a .rpmnew extension, and the modified files will be left untouched.

For example, if /etc/weewx/weewx.conf was modified, you will see a message something like this:

warning: /etc/weewx/weewx.conf created as /etc/weewx/weewx.conf.rpmnew


To uninstall WeeWX, deleting configuration files but retaining data:

sudo zypper remove weewx

When you use zypper to uninstall WeeWX, it does not touch WeeWX data, logs, or any changes you might have made to the WeeWX configuration. It also leaves the weewx user, since data and configuration files were owned by that user. To remove every trace of WeeWX:

sudo zypper remove weewx
sudo rm -r /var/www/html/weewx
sudo rm -r /var/lib/weewx
sudo rm -r /etc/weewx
sudo rm /etc/default/weewx
sudo userdel weewx
sudo groupdel weewx