How to Install Pip on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Pip is a tool for installing and managing Python packages. Python is a programming language that is quite popular and has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability. It is widely considered to be a straightforward  programming language to learn and master because of its 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.

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

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Install Pip with Curl and Python

Step 1: Prep

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

apt-get update

Step 2: Installation

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

curl "" -o ""


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

Alternatively, similar to:

pip 18.0 from /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

Upgrading Pip

If you already have pip installed on your Linux server, run the following command to upgrade to the newest version:

pip install --upgrade pip

Uninstalling Pip

You can remove pip easily by executing this command:

pip uninstall pip

Basic Pip Commands

Installing Libraries

Pip can install 3rd party packages like Django, Tensorflow, Numpy, Pandas and many more with the following command.

pip install

Searching for Libraries

You can also search for other libraries in Python’s repository via command line. For our example let’s look for Django packages. The search command shows us an extensive list similar to the one below.

pip search django
django-bagou (0.1.0) - Django Websocket for Django
django-maro (0.0.2) - `django-maro` is utility for django.
django-hooked (0.1.7) - WebHooks for Django and Django Rest Framework.
django-ide (0.0.5) - A Django app to develop Django apps
django-mailwhimp (0.1) - django-mailwhimp integrates mailchimp into Django
django-six (1.0.4) - Django-six —— Django Compatibility Library
django-umanage (1.1.1) - Django user management app for django
django-nadmin (0.1.0) - django nadmin support django version 1.8 based on django-xadmin
diy-django (1.3.1) - diy-django

Uninstalling a Library

If you don’t need the library and your scripts use them you can uninstall easily with this command:
pip uninstall


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