How to install pip with Python 3?


I want to install pip. It should support Python 3, but it requires setuptools, which is available only for Python 2.

How can I install pip with Python 3?

5/12/2019 4:22:49 PM

Accepted Answer

edit: Manual installation and use of setuptools is not the standard process anymore.

If you're running Python 2.7.9+ or Python 3.4+

Congrats, you should already have pip installed. If you do not, read onward.

If you're running a Unix-like System

You can usually install the package for pip through your package manager if your version of Python is older than 2.7.9 or 3.4, or if your system did not include it for whatever reason.

Instructions for some of the more common distros follow.

Installing on Debian (Wheezy and newer) and Ubuntu (Trusty Tahr and newer) for Python 2.x

Run the following command from a terminal:

sudo apt-get install python-pip 

Installing on Debian (Wheezy and newer) and Ubuntu (Trusty Tahr and newer) for Python 3.x

Run the following command from a terminal:

sudo apt-get install python3-pip

On a fresh Debian/Ubuntu install, the package may not be found until you do:

sudo apt-get update

Installing pip on CentOS 7 for Python 2.x

On CentOS 7, you have to install setup tools first, and then use that to install pip, as there is no direct package for it.

sudo yum install python-setuptools
sudo easy_install pip

Installing pip on CentOS 7 for Python 3.x

Assuming you installed Python 3.4 from EPEL, you can install Python 3's setup tools and use it to install pip.

# First command requires you to have enabled EPEL for CentOS7
sudo yum install python34-setuptools
sudo easy_install pip

If your Unix/Linux distro doesn't have it in package repos

Install using the manual way detailed below.

The manual way

If you want to do it the manual way, the now-recommended method is to install using the script from pip's installation instructions.

Install pip

To install pip, securely download

Then run the following (which may require administrator access):


If setuptools is not already installed, will install setuptools for you.

6/20/2020 9:12:55 AM

I was able to install pip for python 3 on Ubuntu just by running sudo apt-get install python3-pip.


Python 3.4+ and Python 2.7.9+

Good news! Python 3.4 (released March 2014) ships with Pip. This is the best feature of any Python release. It makes the community's wealth of libraries accessible to everyone. Newbies are no longer excluded by the prohibitive difficulty of setup. In shipping with a package manager, Python joins Ruby, Nodejs, Haskell, Perl, Go--almost every other contemporary language with a majority open-source community. Thank you Python.

Of course, that doesn't mean Python packaging is problem solved. The experience remains frustrating. I discuss this at Does Python have a package/module management system?

Alas for everyone using an earlier Python. Manual instructions follow.

Python ≤ 2.7.8 and Python ≤ 3.3

Follow my detailed instructions at . Essentially

Official instructions


Download, being careful to save it as a .py file rather than .txt. Then, run it from the command prompt.


You possibly need an administrator command prompt to do this. Follow

For me, this installed Pip at C:\Python27\Scripts\pip.exe. Find pip.exe on your computer, then add its folder (eg. C:\Python27\Scripts) to your path (Start / Edit environment variables). Now you should be able to run pip from the command line. Try installing a package:

pip install httpie

There you go (hopefully)!


For Ubuntu 12.04 or older,

sudo apt-get install python3-pip

won't work. Instead, use:

sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools ca-certificates
sudo easy_install3 pip

if you're using python 3.4+

just type:

python3 -m pip

Update 2015-01-20:

As per the current way is:


I think that should work for any version

Original Answer:

easy_install pip