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There is a package (python-pygame) for Python2 available from the universe repository. However, I want to work through the tutorial in the Invent with Python book. Going through SPM (Synaptic), I cannot find a pygame resource for Python3.

Also, I looked on the Pygame website and it is not clear if Pygame is available for Python3 (though the book indicates that it is).

Can someone help me with my dilemma?

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IMPORTANT_MOVED.txt seems... important. So I changed the svn... line to hg clone – Oleh Prypin Jan 26 '12 at 22:30
Try this answer on Stack Overflow. It worked perfectly for me (minus the part where I forgot to copy and paste the apt-get command with the dependencies and had to hunt down and install them by hand). – InkBlend Oct 28 '13 at 5:08

From Pygame wiki:

Does Pygame work with Python 3?

Yes. Pygame 1.9.2 supports Python 3.2 and up. Only the orphaned _movie module (not built by default) does not.

However, there seems no pre-packaged Pygame packages for Python 3 in Ubuntu repositories, at least as of 14.04.

I would suggest you to get the source packages from the pygame website and install it locally into a virtualenv or buildout. Globally installing python modules in evil anyway :) Here are the instructions:

Alternatively you can try this PPA:

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Thanks for the suggestion! I have posted the steps in the original question for an explicit answer. – TheGeeko61 Jan 23 '12 at 1:27
@TheGeeko61: I think you should post that as an answer, it's not "bad" in any way. – Oleh Prypin Jan 26 '12 at 22:27
Alright, I'm doing so... – TheGeeko61 Jan 27 '12 at 23:12
No longer up to date – Jonathan Leaders Jul 4 '15 at 20:53
@JonathanLeaders: It wasn't THAT much out of date: there are still no pre-compiled packages and you still have to install from source. I've added a few links to the answer though. – Sergey Jul 5 '15 at 1:06
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Thanks to Sergey's suggestion, this is how to get it working:
(1) Move to a directory where you want the source code to be downloaded to
(2) svn co svn:// pygame
    NOTE:  Be sure to use the svn method.  Simply downloading the pygame*.tar.gz
           file from the pygame downloads page didn't work!
(3) cd pygame
(4) python3
    NOTE:  This confirms that you have the dependencies.
(5) python3 build
(6) sudo python3 install
    NOTE:  On my machine, I have the distro's python3.2 installed (which is in
           the /usr/lib directory).  This step places the pygame module into
           /usr/local/lib -- which is what you want (per Sergey's suggestion).

(1) python3
(2) At the '>>>' prompt, type "import pygame"
    VALIDATION:  If you get another '>>>' prompt, all is well.

per BlaXpirit, you may also choose to use hg instead of svn:

hg clone

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Someone needs to make a python3-pygame package that does this, but no one has yet

sudo apt-get install mercurial python3-dev python3-numpy libav-tools \
    libsdl-image1.2-dev libsdl-mixer1.2-dev libsdl-ttf2.0-dev libsmpeg-dev \
    libsdl1.2-dev  libportmidi-dev libswscale-dev libavformat-dev libavcodec-dev
hg clone
cd pygame
python3 build
sudo python3 install
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