How do I install pip on macOS or OS X?


I spent most of the day yesterday searching for a clear answer for installing pip (package manager for Python). I can't find a good solution.

How do I install it?

4/8/2017 4:21:27 PM

⚡️ TL;DR — One line solution.

All you have to do is:

sudo easy_install pip

2019: ⚠️easy_install has been deprecated. Check Method #2 below for preferred installation!

I made a gif, coz. why not?

Install PIP on Mac


⚡️ OK, I read the solutions given above, but here's an EASY solution to install pip.

MacOS comes with Python installed. But to make sure that you have Python installed open the terminal and run the following command.

python --version

If this command returns a version number that means Python exists. Which also means that you already have access to easy_install considering you are using macOS/OSX.

ℹ️ Now, all you have to do is run the following command.

sudo easy_install pip

After that, pip will be installed and you'll be able to use it for installing other packages.

Let me know if you have any problems installing pip this way.


P.S. I ended up blogging a post about it. QuickTip: How Do I Install pip on macOS or OS X?

UPDATE (Jan 2019): METHOD #2: Two line solution —

easy_install has been deprecated. Please use instead.

First of all download the get-pip file

curl -o

Now run this file to install pip


That should do it.

Another gif you said? Here ya go!

Manual install of pip


You can install it through Homebrew on OS X. Why would you install Python with Homebrew?

The version of Python that ships with OS X is great for learning but it’s not good for development. The version shipped with OS X may be out of date from the official current Python release, which is considered the stable production version. (source)

Homebrew is something of a package manager for OS X. Find more details on the Homebrew page. Once Homebrew is installed, run the following to install the latest Python, Pip & Setuptools:

brew install python

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned this - since 2013, python itself is capable of installing pip, no external commands (and no internet connection) required.

sudo -H python -m ensurepip

This will create a similar install to what easy_install would.


On Mac:

  1. Install easy_install

    curl -o - | sudo python
  2. Install pip

    sudo easy_install pip
  3. Now, you could install external modules. For example

    pip install regex   # This is only an example for installing other modules

pip is available on OS X via easy_install.
Open a terminal and type:

sudo easy_install pip

When prompted for a password enter your normal login password.
After the installation has completed you should be able to use pip as expected.

note: this works for other python packages too