How to install Pip on Ubuntu 16.04

install pip on ubuntuIn this tutorial we are going to show you how to install Pip on a Linux VPS running Ubuntu 16.04 as an operating system. Pip is a package management system used to install and manage software packages written in Python which can be found in the Python Package Index (PyPI).

First of all, connect to your server via SSH and make sure that all your system software is up to date. Run the following command to update the package list and upgrade all your system software to the latest version available:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade

Once the upgrade is completed, you can move on and install Pip on your Ubuntu VPS. The installation of Pip is very simple. The only thing you need to do is to run the following command:

sudo apt-get install python-pip

The apt package manager will install Pip and all the dependencies required for the software to work optimally. Once the installation is completed you can verify that it was successful by using the following command:

pip -V
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You should see something similar to the following:

# pip -V
pip 8.1.1 from /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

That means Pip has been successfully installed on your server and it is ready to use.

To search for a package, you can use the following command:

pip search package_name

To install the package, you can use the following command:

pip install package_name

In a case where you’d like to uninstall a package, you can use the following command:

pip uninstall package_name

For more Pip options and usage examples you can use the --help flag:

# pip --help

  pip  [options]

  install                     Install packages.
  download                    Download packages.
  uninstall                   Uninstall packages.
  freeze                      Output installed packages in requirements format.
  list                        List installed packages.
  show                        Show information about installed packages.
  search                      Search PyPI for packages.
  wheel                       Build wheels from your requirements.
  hash                        Compute hashes of package archives.
  completion                  A helper command used for command completion
  help                        Show help for commands.

General Options:
  -h, --help                  Show help.
  --isolated                  Run pip in an isolated mode, ignoring environment variables and user configuration.
  -v, --verbose               Give more output. Option is additive, and can be used up to 3 times.
  -V, --version               Show version and exit.
  -q, --quiet                 Give less output.
  --log                 Path to a verbose appending log.
  --proxy              Specify a proxy in the form [user:passwd@]proxy.server:port.
  --retries          Maximum number of retries each connection should attempt (default 5 times).
  --timeout              Set the socket timeout (default 15 seconds).
  --exists-action     Default action when a path already exists: (s)witch, (i)gnore, (w)ipe, (b)ackup.
  --trusted-host    Mark this host as trusted, even though it does not have valid or any HTTPS.
  --cert                Path to alternate CA bundle.
  --client-cert         Path to SSL client certificate, a single file containing the private key and the certificate in PEM format.

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install Pip for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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  • Keith


    Author Reply

    This no longer seems to be the case:
    pip -V
    pip 8.1.2 from /usr/local/lib/python3.5/dist-packages (python 3.5)

    Forcing 3.5 … which makes it painful for projects with 2.7 only.

  • Phillip Chiarato

    If you want to install “pip” for “python 3.5” use: “sudo get-apt install python3” and then “sudo apt-get install python3-pip” to find out if it worked just type “python3 -m pip –version”

  • Tim Basaldua

    On Ubuntu 16.04:
    python3 -m pip -V
    . . . . worked for me.

  • ry__


    Author Reply

    then get most modern version:
    # python3 -m pip install –upgrade pip