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I want to install pypy3 in Ubuntu. I have read the answer for this question "How to install PyPy3 (2.1, beta) on Ubuntu?" and still have no idea what to do. Could some kind soul please explain it so that even I can understand it :)

Here's what I have done so far:

Went here

Read that I had to go here

Downloaded: pypy3-2.1-beta-linux_x86_64-portable.tar.bz2

Opened it with the Archive manager (because it seemed like a reasonable thing to do)

Extracted it to desktop/PYPY3

Then desperately tried all the shell commands I came across last night. I will not be able to give a clear account of what I tried and what errors came back, as it is kind of a blur to me at this point.

But I can tell you that I got the Tar thing unpacked at one point and that I have tried running the pypy executable from the command line from the folder containing it, but got this:

bash: /usr/bin/pypy: No such file or directory

Could someone please tell me what to do. (have read the readme, the install docs at and lots of posts)

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Did you have a look at this:…? – i08in Apr 1 '14 at 14:58
yes, and I tried to follow the instructions, spent hours on it actually. What was hoping for was a dumbed down version I could follow. – user1998723 Apr 1 '14 at 15:03
The answer to that question seems pretty simple, what in it could you not digest- list it explicity? – i08in Apr 1 '14 at 15:09
I've just re read the question again. He says he is able to run the pypy binary through the terminal. I'm not that far yet. Therefore the rest of the answer is not directly aplicable to me. in the readme of the download it says to run this line rpython/bin/rpython -Ojit pypy/goal/ to install pypy, this gives me a No such file or directory error. I think this is what I need to get working – user1998723 Apr 1 '14 at 15:27

This is a portable version of PyPy. It is not installed system wide. You use it like this. After downloading a file lets say to your Downloads folder open your terminal window and run this:

cd ~/Downloads
tar xf pypy3-2.1-beta-linux_x86_64-portable.tar.bz2

You will get PyPy prompt.

Note that PyPy 3 is not fully done. This is preview version that is inteded for testing.

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This answer works perfectly. Much appreciated. – user1998723 Apr 16 '14 at 14:06

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