pytket is a python module for interfacing with tket, a quantum computing toolkit and optimising compiler developed by Quantinuum. We currently support circuits and device architectures from numerous providers, allowing the tket tools to be used in conjunction with projects on their platforms.

pytket is available for Python 3.9, 3.10 and 3.11, on Linux, MacOS and Windows. To install, run

pip install pytket


On M1-based Macs running in native (arm64) mode, this command may fail because of an issue installing scipy. To fix this:

  1. Install brew (if you haven’t already);

  2. brew install openblas;

  3. pip install -U pip wheel;

  4. OPENBLAS="$(brew --prefix openblas)" pip install scipy;

  5. pip install pytket.

If you have issues installing pytket please visit the installation troubleshooting page.

To use pytket, you can simply import the appropriate modules into your python code or in an interactive Python notebook. We can build circuits directly using the pytket interface by creating a blank circuit and adding gates in the order we want to apply them.

from pytket import Circuit

circ = Circuit(2,2) # define a circuit with 2 qubits and 2 bits
circ.H(0)           # add a Hadamard gate to qubit 0
circ.Rz(0.25, 0)    # add an Rz gate of angle 0.25*pi to qubit 0
circ.CX(1,0)        # add a CX gate with control qubit 1 and target qubit 0
circ.measure_all()  # measure qubits 0 and 1, recording the results in bits 0 and 1

Some of the extension modules define Backend s, allowing the circuits to be run on simulators or real quantum hardware. For example, pytket-qiskit grants access to the AerBackend simulator which can sample from measurements.

from pytket.extensions.qiskit import AerBackend

backend = AerBackend()                                 # connect to the backend
compiled_circ = backend.get_compiled_circuit(circ)     # compile the circuit to satisfy the backend's requirements
handle = backend.process_circuit(compiled_circ, 100)   # submit the job to run the circuit 100 times
counts = backend.get_result(handle).get_counts()       # retrieve and summarise the results

This prints out a summary of readouts (the final values of the classical bits) and their frequencies.

{(0, 0): 49, (1, 0): 51}

See the Getting Started page for a basic tutorial on using pytket. To get more in depth on features, see the examples. See the pytket user manual for an extensive introduction to pytket functionality and how to use it.


To use pytket in conjunction with other platforms you must download an additional separate module for each. Each one of these adds either some new methods to the pytket package to convert between the circuit representations, or some new backends to submit circuits to within pytket.

Extensions are separate python packages can be installed using pip. The installation command is pip install pytket-X where X is the name of the extension.

To install the pytket-quantinuum package use the following command.

pip install pytket-quantinuum

The extensions supported by tket are described here.

How to cite#

If you wish to cite tket in any academic publications, we generally recommend citing our software overview paper for most cases.

If your work is on the topic of specific compilation tasks, it may be more appropriate to cite one of our other papers:

We are also keen for others to benchmark their compilation techniques against us. We recommend checking our benchmark repository for examples on how to run basic benchmarks with the latest version of pytket. Please list the release version of pytket with any benchmarks you give, and feel free to get in touch for any assistance needed in setting up fair and representative tests.

User Support#

If you have problems with the use of tket or you think that you have found a bug there are several ways to contact us:

  • We have a slack channel for community discussion and support. You can join by following this link

  • You can join the tket-users mailing list. If you have questions or ideas and wishes for new features you can send an email to the list and ask for help. You can also join the list to get the newest information and get in contact with other users of tket.

  • Write an email to and ask for help with your problem.

  • You can write a bug report on github with details of the problem and we will pick that up. You can also have a look on that page so see if your problem has already been reported by someone else.

We are really thankful for all help to fix bugs in tket. Usually you will get an answer from someone in the development team of tket soon.


Licensed under the Apache 2 License.

More Documentation:

API Reference:

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