How to Install Pip on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

Install Pip with apt-get, Step 1a: The Installation

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

apt-get update

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

apt-get -y install python-pip

And skip to Step 2.

Install Pip with Curl and Python, Step 1b: The Installation

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 2: Verify The Installation

View a list of helpful commands:

pip --help

Check the version of Pip that is installed:

pip -V

For earlier versions of pip you may need to use:

pip --version

Depending on which installation method you used, the version command should yield something similar to:

pip 1.0 from /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

Or similar to:

pip 6.0.8 from /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

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