How to Install Pip on CentOS 7

Pip is a tool for installing and managing Python packages.

Python is a programming language. It is quite popular and has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability. It is widely considered to be a very easy programming language to learn and master because of its focus on readability. Python is open source, and will run a a multitude of platforms including, but not limited to: Various Linux/UNIX distributions (CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, etc.), Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

Pre-Flight Check
  • These instructions are intended specifically for installing Pip, a tool for installing and managing Python packages.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 7 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

There are two options for installing Pip. Use either Option #1 or Option #2 below.

Option #1: Install Pip with Yum, Step #1: Add the EPEL Repository

Pip is part of Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), which is a community repository of non-standard packages for the RHEL distribution. First, we’ll install the EPEL repository:

rpm -iUvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm

Option #1: Install Pip with Yum, Step #2: The Installation

As a matter of best practice we’ll update our packages:

yum -y update

Then let’s install python-pip and any required packages:

yum -y install python-pip

And skip to Step #3.

Option #2: Install Pip with Curl and Python
Note: If you installed Pip with the previous Option, then SKIP this step.

We can also use curl and python to download and install Pip.

curl "https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py" -o "get-pip.py"

python get-pip.py

Step #3: Verify The Installation

View a list of helpful commands:

pip --help

Check the version of Pip that is installed:

pip -V

Which should yield something similar to:

pip 1.3.1 from /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages (python 2.7)

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