How To Install PIP to Manage Python Packages in Linux

Pip (recursive acronym for “Pip Installs Packages” or “Pip Installs Python“) is a cross-platform package manager for installing and managing Python packages (which can be found in the Python Package Index (PyPI)) that comes with Python 2 >=2.7.9 or Python 3 >=3.4 binaries that are downloaded from

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In this article, we will explain how to install PIP on mainstream Linux distributions.

Note: We will run all commands as the root user, if you are managing your system as a normal user, then use the sudo command to get root privileges or you can as well configure your system to run sudo command without entering a password, it’s possible. Try it out!

Install PIP in Linux Systems

To install pip in Linux, run the appropriate command for your distribution as follows:

Install PIP On Debian/Ubuntu

# apt install python-pip	#python 2
# apt install python3-pip	#python 3

Install PIP On CentOS and RHEL

Unluckily, pip is not packaged in official software repositories of CentOS/RHEL. So you need to enable the EPEL repository and then install it like this.

# yum install epel-release 
# yum install python-pip

Install PIP on Fedora

# dnf install python-pip	#Python 2
# dnf install python3		#Python 3

Install PIP on Arch Linux

# pacman -S python2-pip	        #Python 2
# pacman -S python-pip	        #Python 3

Install PIP on openSUSE

# zypper install python-pip	#Python 2
# zypper install python3-pip	#Python 3

How to Use PIP in Linux Systems

To install, uninstall or search new packages, use these commands.

# pip install packageName
# pip uninstall packageName
# pip search packageName

To see a list of all commands type:

# pip help
Sample Output
  pip <command> [options]

  install                     Install packages.
  download                    Download packages.
  uninstall                   Uninstall packages.
  freeze                      Output installed packages in requirements format.
  list                        List installed packages.
  show                        Show information about installed packages.
  check                       Verify installed packages have compatible dependencies.
  search                      Search PyPI for packages.
  wheel                       Build wheels from your requirements.
  hash                        Compute hashes of package archives.
  completion                  A helper command used for command completion.
  help                        Show help for commands.

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17 thoughts on “How To Install PIP to Manage Python Packages in Linux”

  1. Does a normal Linux user need sudo access to install packages using pip3? If so, what would the entry be in the sudoers file?

  2. Thanks for the tutorial.

    I had trouble running ‘pip‘ command after the python3-pip was successfully installed. I kept getting the ‘Command ‘pip’ not found, but can be installed with: sudo apt install python-pip‘ error. Until I figured out the pip for python3 installed as ‘pip3‘ not just pip. :D.

  3. Thanks a bunch! I’m a Kubuntu user and I modified your code for installing on Debian/Linux slightly (to what I’m used to using for downloading via the terminal) and used the following:

    $ sudo apt-get install python3-pip

    Download worked smoothly for me: not a single error message!

    As a side note, I already had a version of python 3 (3.4.3) installed on my machine.

    Thanks again!

  4. Hello,

    I am using RedHat Linux and trying to install CV2 and PIP for comparing pixel by pixel of two image in Python 2.7. But still getting below issues.

    OSError: Cython needs to be installed
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "", line 410, in 
    File "", line 393, in setup_package
    File "", line 214, in generate_cython
    raise RuntimeError("Running cythonize failed!")
    RuntimeError: Running cythonize failed!
    /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ undefined symbol: PyCapsule_New

    Please let me know it is possible to install in redhat Linux or will skip it to other module.


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