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PIP is a system used by developers to install and manage packages written in Python. PIP can stand for Preferred Installer Program, or it can be a recursive acronym that means Pip Installs Packages. If you’re a budding web developer attracted to the fun and ease of Python, you’ll need to do two things to get started in your career: get great web hosting and learn to use PIP.
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You can’t use PIP unless you’ve installed Python.
To check, do this:
If Python responds, then Python is installed! If you don’t have Python, you’ll see an error message that the program could not be found. If this happens, install Python, so you can install PIP.
(Or just install a version of Python that already comes equipped with PIP.)
PIP comes automatically installed with Python 2.7.9+ and Python 3.4+, as well as the virtual environments virtualenv and pyvenv. So, before you install PIP on Windows, check if it’s already installed.
To check, you only need to do two things:
If PIP responds, then PIP is installed! If you don’t have PIP, you’ll see an error message that the program couldn’t be found.
If that happens, you can follow the rest of this tutorial.
Assuming you’ve already installed Python, here’s how you install PIP on Windows.
Download the get-pip.py file to the desired Windows folder. You can save it anywhere you want. (Just don’t get so creative with the folder name that you can’t remember it later.)
Because PIP is a command-line program, when you install it, the PIP command is automatically added to your computer. Here’s how you launch the Command Prompt window:
If, at any time in this process, you get an error message that you don’t have the necessary permissions to do something, it means you need to open the app as admin. To do this, right-click Command Prompt and click Run as. When prompted, enter your administrator info.
In the Command Prompt window, type: python get-pip.py
The PIP installation process should start. If the file can’t be found, double-check where you saved the file by using the dir command. (This shows you a full listing of the contents of a directory.)
In the Command Prompt window, type: pip –version
This command will show you the current version of PIP.
When you install PIP, you can verify the installation by typing the following: pip help
If PIP has been correctly installed, the program will run. If you get an error message, try to install PIP again.
In Windows, the PIP configuration file is %HOME%\pip\pip.ini
You can also find a legacy per-user config file at %APPDATA%\pip\pip.ini
If you want to set a custom path location for this config file, use the environment variable PIP_CONFIG_FILE.
To install PIP3, download the 64-bit installer for Python 3.6.5 by clicking here.
When you’re prompted to, click the checkbox beside Add Python 3.x to PATH.
When you click the checkbox, the folder containing python3 and pip3 will be added to the path, which is a list of folders searched by the Windows terminal cmd.exe. After this, it will be easy to run pip3 commands from the terminal.
After you install pip3, verify by launching a terminal and entering the following command: python
If Python3 is installed, the program should run.
With your cursor in a console window, type the following, then press Enter: pip3 install –user pybin
Then run python3 -m pybin
If your path is correctly configured, it will tell you.
If it instead gives you a report like “The user bin directory ‘/home/cefn/.local/bin’ is not in PATH, type the following, then press enter: python3 -m pybin put
Congrats! You’ve now successfully installed PIP (or PIP3). Welcome to the wonderful world of Python.
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