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Installing specific package versions with pip


Question

I'm trying to install version 1.2.2 of the MySQL_python adaptor, using a fresh virtualenv created with the --no-site-packages option. The current version shown in PyPi is 1.2.3. Is there a way to install the older version? I found an article stating that this should do it:

pip install MySQL_python==1.2.2

When installed, however, it still shows MySQL_python-1.2.3-py2.6.egg-info in the site packages. Is this a problem specific to this package, or am I doing something wrong?

2019/03/05
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3/5/2019 11:38:13 AM

Accepted Answer

TL;DR:

  • pip install -Iv (i.e. pip install -Iv MySQL_python==1.2.2)

First, I see two issues with what you're trying to do. Since you already have an installed version, you should either uninstall the current existing driver or use pip install -I MySQL_python==1.2.2

However, you'll soon find out that this doesn't work. If you look at pip's installation log, or if you do a pip install -Iv MySQL_python==1.2.2 you'll find that the PyPI URL link does not work for MySQL_python v1.2.2. You can verify this here: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/MySQL-python/1.2.2

The download link 404s and the fallback URL links are re-directing infinitely due to sourceforge.net's recent upgrade and PyPI's stale URL.

So to properly install the driver, you can follow these steps:

pip uninstall MySQL_python
pip install -Iv http://sourceforge.net/projects/mysql-python/files/mysql-python/1.2.2/MySQL-python-1.2.2.tar.gz/download
2020/01/01
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1/1/2020 2:04:17 AM

You can even use a version range with pip install command. Something like this:

pip install 'stevedore>=1.3.0,<1.4.0'

And if the package is already installed and you want to downgrade it add --force-reinstall like this:

pip install 'stevedore>=1.3.0,<1.4.0' --force-reinstall
2018/12/18

One way, as suggested in this post, is to mention version in pip as:

pip install -Iv MySQL_python==1.2.2

i.e. Use == and mention the version number to install only that version. -I, --ignore-installed ignores already installed packages.

2019/11/14

To install a specific python package version whether it is the first time, an upgrade or a downgrade use:

pip install --force-reinstall MySQL_python==1.2.4

MySQL_python version 1.2.2 is not available so I used a different version. To view all available package versions from an index exclude the version:

pip install MySQL_python==
2018/04/05

I believe that if you already have a package it installed, pip will not overwrite it with another version. Use -I to ignore previous versions.

2011/03/07

Sometimes, the previously installed version is cached.

~$ pip install pillow==5.2.0

It returns the followings:
Requirement already satisfied: pillow==5.2.0 in /home/ubuntu/anaconda3/lib/python3.6/site-packages (5.2.0)

We can use --no-cache-dir together with -I to overwrite this

~$ pip install --no-cache-dir -I pillow==5.2.0
2019/01/06

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