Python: Install Pip – MacOS, Ubuntu, CentOS

What is Pip? pip is a tool for installing and managing Python packages.

As well as Python, pip can be install on various operation systems: Linux, Mac, Windows, etc.

In this post i am showing how to install pip on MacOS and how to install pip on Linux (Ubuntu and CentOS).

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Python: Install Pip

To install the latest version of pip, run the below commands depending on your OS.

Install Pip on MacOS

Install pip on MacOS, using easy_install command and upgrade pip to the latest version:

$ sudo easy_install pip
$ sudo pip install --upgrade pip

Install Pip in Ubuntu

Install pip in Ubuntu, using apt-get package manager:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install python-pip
$ sudo pip install --upgrade pip

Install Pip in CentOS

Install pip in CentOS from EPEL repository, using yum package manager:

$ sudo yum update
$ sudo yum install epel-release
$ sudo yum install python-pip
# CentOS-7 and higher
$ sudo pip install --upgrade pip
# CentOS-6 (the last stable version of PIP that is compatible with Python 2.6)
$ sudo pip install pip==9.0.3

3 Replies to “Python: Install Pip – MacOS, Ubuntu, CentOS”

  1. Jean-Guillaume Lamagnere says: Reply

    Hi, I am a mac user and tried to install pip using the easy_install pip command and I got this message on my terminal :

    error: can’t create or remove files in install directory

    The following error occurred while trying to add or remove files in the
    installation directory:
    [Errno 13] Permission denied: ‘/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/test-easy-install-59336.pth’
    The installation directory you specified (via –install-dir, –prefix, or
    the distutils default setting) was:
    Perhaps your account does not have write access to this directory? If the
    installation directory is a system-owned directory, you may need to sign in
    as the administrator or “root” account. If you do not have administrative
    access to this machine, you may wish to choose a different installation
    directory, preferably one that is listed in your PYTHONPATH environment
    For information on other options, you may wish to consult the
    documentation at:
    Please make the appropriate changes for your system and try again.

    I am the main and only user of my mac, so I don’t really know why they mention the root account.
    Have you ever come across or heard about this type of problem before ? Would be a huge help if you had any tiny information about that.
    Thanks a lot!


    1. I think you forgot include “sudo” in your type

  2. For macOS High Sierra, I have to manually install the latest python package and use the pip3 command instead.

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