'pip' is not recognized as an internal or external command


I'm running into a weird error when trying to install Django on my computer.

This is the sequence that I typed into my command line:

C:\Python34> python
Requirement already up-to-date: pip in c:\python34\lib\site-packages
Cleaning up...

C:\Python34> pip install Django
'pip' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

C:\Python34> lib\site-packages\pip install Django
'lib\site-packages\pip' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

What could be causing this?

This is what I get when I type in echo %PATH%:

C:\Python34>echo %PATH%
C:\Program Files\ImageMagick-6.8.8-Q16;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\iCLS Client\
;C:\Program Files\Intel\iCLS Client\;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\S
ystem32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files (x86)\
Windows Live\Shared;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\OpenCL SDK\2.0\bin\x86;C:\Progr
am Files (x86)\Intel\OpenCL SDK\2.0\bin\x64;C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Mana
gement Engine Components\DAL;C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine C
omponents\IPT;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components
\DAL;C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\IPT;C:\P
rogram Files (x86)\nodejs\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Heroku\bin;C:\Program Files (x
6/27/2020 5:08:13 PM

Accepted Answer

You need to add the path of your pip installation to your PATH system variable. By default, pip is installed to C:\Python34\Scripts\pip (pip now comes bundled with new versions of python), so the path "C:\Python34\Scripts" needs to be added to your PATH variable.

To check if it is already in your PATH variable, type echo %PATH% at the CMD prompt

To add the path of your pip installation to your PATH variable, you can use the Control Panel or the setx command. For example:

setx PATH "%PATH%;C:\Python34\Scripts"

Note: According to the official documentation, "[v]ariables set with setx variables are available in future command windows only, not in the current command window". In particular, you will need to start a new cmd.exe instance after entering the above command in order to utilize the new environment variable.

Thanks to Scott Bartell for pointing this out.

9/27/2016 3:24:21 AM

For Windows, when you install a package, you type:

python -m pip install [packagename]

For me the command:

set PATH=%PATH%;C:\Python34\Scripts

worked immediately (try after echo %PATH% and you will see that your path has the value C:\Python34\Scripts).

Thanks to: Adding a directory to the PATH environment variable in Windows


As of now, version 3.7.3 I had a little bit of an issue with getting the right system variable.

Try this:

  1. Type 'start %appdata%' in cmd.

  2. After that file explorer should pop up in '../AppData/Roaming'.

Go back one directory and navigate to 'Local/Programs/Python/Python37-32/Scripts'.

NOTE: The version number may be different so if you copy and paste the above file path it could not work.

After you do this you now have the correct location of your downloaded Python. Copy your file path by selecting the whole directory in the address bar.

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Once you do that click the start icon and navigate to the Control Panel → System and SecuritySystem. Then click "Advanced System Settings" on the left side of the panel.

Once there, click Environment Variables on the bottom right and there will be two boxes, an upper and a lower box. In the upper box: Click on the 'Path' Variable and click Edit located on the right. Click New and paste your directory Path. It should look something like this:

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Click OK three times, open a new window of cmd and type: pip. See if it works.


Alternate way.

If you don't want to add the PATH as the previous well written answers pointed out,

but you want to execute pip as your command then you can do that with py -m as prefix.

Given that you have to do it again and again.


py -m <command>

as in

py -m pip install --upgrade pip setuptools

Also make sure to have pip and py installed

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Also, the long method - it was a last resort after trying all previous answers:

C:\python27\scripts\pip.exe install [package].whl

This after cd in directory where the wheel is located.