Command Line Client

xlwings comes with a command line client that makes it easy to set up workbooks and install the developer add-in. On Windows, type the commands into a Command Prompt, on Mac, type them into a Terminal.


  • xlwings quickstart myproject

This command is by far the fastest way to get off the ground: It creates a new folder myproject with the necessary Excel workbook (including the xlwings VBA module) and a Python file, ready to be used right away:


New in version 0.6.4.

Add-in (Currently Windows-only)

The add-in is currently in an early stage and only provides one button to import User Defined Functions (UDFs). As such, it is only a developer add-in and not necessary to run Workbooks with xlwings.


Excel needs to be closed before installing/updating the add-in. If you’re still getting an error, start the Task Manager and make sure there are no EXCEL.EXE processes left.

  • xlwings addin install: Copies the xlwings add-in to the XLSTART folder
  • xlwings addin update: Replaces the current add-in with the latest one
  • xlwings addin remove: Removes the add-in from the XLSTART folder
  • xlwings addin status: Shows if the add-in is installed together with the installation path

After installing the add-in, it will be available as xlwings tab on the Excel Ribbon.

New in version 0.6.0.


  • xlwings template open: Opens a new Workbook with the xlwings VBA module
  • xlwings template install: Copies the xlwings template file to the correct Excel folder, see below
  • xlwings template update: Replaces the current xlwings template with the latest one
  • xlwings template remove: Removes the template from Excel’s template folder
  • xlwings template status: Shows if the template is installed together with the installation path

After installing, the templates are accessible via Excel’s Menu:

  • Win (Excel 2007, 2010): File > New > My templates
  • Win (Excel 2013, 2016): There’s an additional step needed as explained here
  • Mac (Excel 2011, 2016): File > New from template

New in version 0.6.0.


Only required if you are on Mac, are using Excel 2016 and have xlwings installed via conda or as part of Anaconda. To enable the RunPython calls in VBA, run this one time:

xlwings runpython install

Alternatively, install xlwings with pip.

New in version 0.7.0.