pip is a tool written in Python to facilitate the download and installation of packages hosted in the Python Package Index (PyPI). It runs on all major platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS; CPython 2.6+, 3.x and PyPy.
Before using pip, make sure it is installed. Open the terminal and run:
$ python -m pip --version
Windows users might also use:
> py -m pip --version
If you get no error, then jump directly to the last section to learn how to use this tools to download, install and upgrade packages. Otherwise continue reading.
Installing on Windows, Linux and macOS
First, download the installer file from this link. If your browser shows the file content instead of downloading it, press
S to save it in your computer. Then open a terminal where the
get-pip.py file lies and execute the following command:
$ python get-pip.py
Or in Windows:
> py get-pip.py
You can also use the full file path.
$ python Downloads/get-pip.py
> py Downloads\get-pip.py
You will get an output like the following:
Downloading/unpacking pip Downloading/unpacking setuptools Installing collected packages: pip, setuptools Successfully installed pip setuptools Cleaning up...
Finally, ensure pip was installed successfully by running in the terminal.
$ py -m pip --version
> py -m pip --version
Which should print something like this:
pip 21.2.3 from C:\Python39\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.9)
Installing on Debian / Ubuntu / Fedora
Although installing from source is the preferred way, if you use Debian or Ubuntu you can also use
apt-get to download and install pip in a quick and simple way. Run this command on the terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install python-pip
In Fedora, use
$ sudo yum install python-pip
Upgrading to the latest version
If you have already installed pip but want to update it to its latest version, you will need to run the following command.
On Linux and macOS:
$ python -m pip install -U pip
> py -m pip install -U pip
How to use pip
To install a package from PyPI use the following command (prepend
py -m or
python -m accordingly):
pip install package
package is the name of a module, library, <em>script</em> or <em>framework</em> found in https://pypi.org/. For example:
$ python -m pip install django Downloading/unpacking django Installing collected packages: django Successfully installed django Cleaning up...
Or on Windows:
> py -m pip install django
Package names are case insensitive.
To uninstall a package, use:
pip uninstall package
$ pip uninstall django ... Proceed (y/n)? y Successfully uninstalled Django
To list installed packages (even those not obtained installed via pip) use:
$ pip list autopy (0.51) pips (1.5.4) putil (0.6.1) pyodbc (3.0.7) setuptools (3.4.4) Twisted (13.2.0) uptime (3.0.1) zope.interface (4.1.0)
--outdated can be used in conjunction with the
list command to determine which of the installed packages are out of date:
$ pip list --outdated zope.interface (Current: 4.1.0 Latest: 4.1.1)
Finally, to display information about an installed package:
$ pip show zope.interface --- Name: zope.interface Version: 4.1.0 Location: C:\Python27\lib\site-packages Requires: setuptools
These are the basic pip commands for installing and removing packages. You can visit the official user guide for deeper and more detailed information.