If you are a fan of using Python programming language, you can make your life easier by using Python Pip. It is a package management utility that allows you to install and manage Python software packages easily.
Ubuntu doesn’t come with pre-installed Pip, but here is how you can perform the installation in several simple steps.
Please note that we used the Ubuntu 18.04, but there is no reason why the installation shouldn’t work on other LTS releases. However, we recommend updating your system to the newest version for maximum safety.
What You Need to Install Pip on Ubuntu
Apart from the working and updated Ubuntu OS, you will also need to use the root account of the system. Alternatively, you need a user that has super user permission privileges. In that case, you will need to use the “sudo” command each time you type something in the Linux terminal.
How to Install Python 3 Pip on Ubuntu
Python 3 is the version that comes pre-installed on Ubuntu 18.04, and here is how you can install a suitable Pip.
Start by performing a package list update:
Now, here is what you should type to install Pip on Ubuntu:
apt install python3-pip
Linux will now perform the installation. You can ensure that the setup went smoothly by inspecting the available Pip version:
The system will instantly display information about the currently available version on your system.
How to Install Python 2 Pip on Ubuntu
If you do not want to use Python 3, you have the option of changing the version to Python 2. Before you do that, you should update the package list:
Next, type the following line:
apt install python-pip
By utilizing this command, you will tell Linux to install Python 2 and Pip on your system.
Once again, you can check the version to ensure everything went smoothly:
What You Need to Know about Using Pip on Ubuntu
Using Ubuntu’s package manager to install Python and Pip is the best way to ensure everything will run smoothly on Ubuntu.
It is recommended to utilize a virtual environment to use Pip. There are plenty of things you can do with Pip. If you want to discover the available commands, you can type the following into the terminal:
You may want to learn more about a particular command. In that case, use the following command:
pip command --help
For example, if you type “install,” the system will display all the relevant info related to installing pip.
How to Install Pip Packages on Ubuntu
You can easily install different Pip packages on Ubuntu OS. Here is the line that you should use:
pip3 install package_name
You should adjust the “package_name” part and enter the package you want to install.
Use Requirements to Install Packages on Ubuntu
You can create a file that will contain a pip package list with all packages you need to run a particular Python project.
Here is the command you should use to set up a requirement list.
pip3 install -r requirements.txt
Now, let’s take a look at how you can check out all the pip packages currently installed on the system:
If you want to ensure that you have the newest version of a particular package, run this command:
pip3 install --upgrade package
You should change “package” with the name of the package you are upgrading.
The next option to consider is removing a certain package. You can do that by typing the following line”
pip3 uninstall package
IMPORTANT: If you are using Python 2, you should use “pip” instead of “pip3.” That applies for every command mentioned in this guide.
Python is the programming language of choice of many Linux users out there. Ubuntu has a simplified process of installing pip and managing packages, and we covered some of the basic commands in this article.
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