Installing and Using pip on Ubuntu
Pip is a tool used to index, and install packages mainly from the Python Package Index (PyPI), but it can be used with other packages indexes as well.
Pip stands for "Preferred Installer Program", and is a python-based application for package management for the python programming language. It assists in managing libraries and dependencies, instead of doing them manually.
Python is available in 2 versions, 2 and 3. The default version being Python 3 for more recent distributions. Users still using Python 2, are advised to switch to Python 3.
When installing Python packages from
apt, Python2 packages are prepended by a
python2-, and Python3 packages with
When installing a python package, if you want to install globally it is generally advised to install the package available in the apt repo, since they are tested, and are secure deb packages.
pip, first, update your package repositories, and then install
pip, using the following commands.
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install python3-pip
Once installed to check for a successful install, run the following.
The output may vary but it looks something like the following
We will see a few basic commands and usage of pip, in this section. With pip, you can install packages from PyPI, version control, local projects, but we will mainly focus on PyPI.
To get a list of all commands supported by pip run
For more information about a command, we can run
pip3 <command> --help or
pip3 <command> -h.
For example, to get help with install, we run
pip3 install -h
Installing a package
To install a package, you need to know the package name. Say for example you want to install the
colorama package. The command would be as follows
pip3 install colorama # To install a specific version, say 0.4.0 write colorama==0.4.0
Installation using a Requirements file
requirement.txt is a text file used by python packages, listing dependencies and the required version numbers to run that project. To install using a requirements file, we can use the following command.
pip3 install -r requirement.txt
List install Packages
To list the packages, we run this command.
Upgrading a package
To upgrade a package, we need to install the package with the
pip3 install -U colorama
Uninstalling a Package
Pip packages can be uninstalled with the uninstall command in the following form.
pip3 uninstall colorama
This tutorial covered how to install
pip, and what it is. It also shows how to use
pip for basic things, and how to install python packages on your Ubuntu.