What Is Python?

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How to Install Python on CentOS 8

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In this tutorial, we will consider how to enable both Python 2 and Python 3 for use on CentOS 8. In earlier distributions of CentOS, an unversioned Python command was available by default. 

When the CentOS installation was complete, it was possible to drop into a Python shell by simply running the “python” command in a terminal.

Paradoxically, CentOS 8 does not have an unversioned Python command by default.  This begs the question, why? RedHat states that this choice is by design “to avoid locking users into a specific version of Python.” Currently, RedHat 8 utilizes Python 3.6 implicitly by default, although Python 2.7 is additionally provided to maintain existing software.

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How to Install Python 3 on CentOS 7

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The CentOS 7 Linux distribution includes Python 2 by default. However, Python 2 is going to reach EOL on January 1, 2020. While some legacy applications might require access to Python 2 for various reasons, it’s vitally important to kick start new projects in Python 3.

In this tutorial, we are going to take a look at how to get up and running with Python 3 on a CentOS 7 server. Specifically, we will take a look at how to install Python 3 via the CentOS 7 package manager Yum as well as from source.

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Using Conda for Alternate Python Installations

Reading Time: 3 minutesLet’s be honest: Most of the time, the Python version included with a Linux distro isn’t the newest. For example, at the time of this writing, the version of Python 2 included with our CentOS 7 VPS server Cloud images is 2.7.5, and Python 3 isn’t even available out of the box. For reference (again, at the time of this writing), the latest versions are 2.7.14 and 3.6.4 respectively.

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