How to Install Pip on CentOS 7

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

 
 
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  • 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 VPS server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
  • There are two options for installing Pip. Use either Option 1 or Option 2 below.
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 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, for directions see How to enable EPEL repository?

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: Wrap Up / 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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