Installing Python on a Node Function

One of my NPM dependencies requires python to install, but the node18 runtime doesn’t include python3 as part of its image. Is there any way to install python3 (and alias python=python3) when building my node function remotely?

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Bobby Iliev
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June 20, 2023

Hey @timmyichen,

I don’t think that you can have two runtime engines inside a single function. This is doable with the DigitalOcean App Platform though. If you want more control over your environment, consider using the App Platform.

The best thing to do to get your voice heard regarding this would be to head over to our Product Ideas board and post a new idea, including as much information as possible for what you’d like to see implemented.

An alternative solution for the time being would be to separate your existing function into two separate functions: 1 Python function and 1 Node.js function. And then re-configure your Node.js function to make an HTTP call to the Python function instead of calling python locally.

Hope that helps!

- Bobby.

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