How to install pip on Ubuntu – Python Package Manager

pip is a free and open source Python package manager for Linux, macOS, Windows and Unix. With pip, you can easily install and manage Python packages from the Python Package Index (PyPI) online repository or any other index on your system. It is released under the MIT license. In this tutorial, you will install the pip python package manager for Python 3 and Python 2.

Note: Python 2 is officially discontinued and Python 2.7.18 is the last stable release of Python 2 released on April 20, 2020. Python2 is not installed by default on Ubuntu 20.04. Therefore, Python users should switch to Python 3.

Install pip Python Package Manager on Ubuntu.

You don’t need to have Python 3 installed on Ubuntu 3. It is provided installed with Ubuntu. You can check the installed version of python 3 in the following terminal.

python3 --version

Install pip for Python 3.

Open the terminal app (ctrl + alt + t) and run this command to update the ubuntu source list.

sudo apt update

Enter the Ubuntu password. Then this pip install command.

sudo apt install python3-pip

Then use this command to confirm the pip installation.

pip3 --version

Install pip for Python 2.

First, use this command to check if your system ships with Python 2.

python --version

If you get “Command “python” not found“Next, you need to first install python 2. Enable the ubuntu universe repository. You can also enable it with the following command.

sudo add-apt-repository universe

Next, enter the following command in the terminal to install python 2.

sudo apt install python2

If not, install curl on your system.

sudo apt install curl

Then download the pip installer script.

curl -o

Then run this command to install pip for python 2.

sudo python2

It also installs setuptools and wheels. Check installed version

pip --version

Use of PIP:

pip3 --help


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Install Python package via pip

sudo pip3 install PACKAGENAME

Uninstall Python package via pip

sudo pip3 uninstall PACKAGENAME

that’s all.