How to install Pip on Ubuntu 16.04

We’ll show you, how to install pip on Ubuntu 16.04. 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). Pip has a feature to manage full lists of packages and corresponding version numbers, possible through a “requirements” file. Installing Pip on Ubuntu 16.04, is an easy task, just carefully follow the steps in this tutorial and you should have Pip installed on Ubuntu 16.04, in less then 10 minutes.

1. Connect to SSH and Update your System Software

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

2. Install Pip on Ubuntu 16.04

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

3. Verify the Pip Installation on Ubuntu 16.04

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 Ubuntu server and it is ready to use.

4. Search for a Package With Pip

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

pip search package_name

5. Install  a Package With Pip

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

pip install package_name

6. Uninstall  a Package With Pip

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 <command> [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.

See Also:
pip Uninstall – Uninstall a package installed with pip
How to install pip on Debian 9
How to install pip on CentOS 7

That’s it, you have installed and learned how to install Pip on Ubuntu 16.04.

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If you like to install pip on CentOS 7 based virtual server, please follow this tutorial How to install Pip on CentOS 7

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  • 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.

  • 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"

  • when I run ($ sudo apt-get install python-pip ) I got the following error :
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package python-pip

    any help please?

    • If you have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on your server, run the following commands to install pip:

      sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
      sudo apt-add-repository universe
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install python-pip