I am trying to install MYCROFT on Ubuntu 18.04 following this: LINK

cd ~/
git clone https://github.com/MycroftAI/mycroft-core.git
cd mycroft-core
bash dev_setup.sh

I am getting this error:

sudo: easy_install: command not found

This error is because the script dev_setup.sh line 168 is trying to execute:

easy_install pip==9.0.1 # force version of pip

I have installed:

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools
sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev build-essential

However the


command is still not recognised. Any ideas?


By commenting out that line in the script allows the script to run. However there is a module error, voice recognition module missing, when doing an audio test.

  • I can't reproduce your errors on clean installation of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (both with --depth=1 and without). Do you have python-related PPAs? – N0rbert May 25 '18 at 21:06
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    easy_install is part of python-setuptools. Please add the output of apt policy python-setuptools to your question. – Chai T. Rex May 25 '18 at 21:20

On Ubuntu 18.04 I was able to pip install python-setuptools and run easy_install by full-path'ing it:

python /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/easy_install.py pip

I prefer this over installing the python-pip system package because pip is moving faster than the distros update it, so I install it from PyPI.


  • Thank you for this answer! I was frustrating myself because I was using find / -xdev -name easy_install so I wasn't finding easy_install.py (because of the .py extension). You probably just saved me from trying some ridiculously desperate solution. – chris Nov 27 '18 at 20:55
  • You're welcome! A trick I keep in my back pocket when find doesn't return anything is falling back to a more fuzzy search like: find / -iname '*easy_install*'. This will return files containing case-insensitive easy_install anywhere in the name; even if it's prefixed or suffixed with something. – berto Nov 29 '18 at 15:42
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    An easier version than this is to run python -m easy_install pip – taxilian Feb 3 '20 at 18:52

I got this from this link: I am not able to install easy_install in my ubuntu.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools

If that doesn't work, try this:

sudo apt-get install python-pip

sudo pip install <pypi-package>

Credits to: https://askubuntu.com/users/157039/m-tarun and https://askubuntu.com/users/20837/timo


According to the changelog easy_install was removed from the python-setuptools package.

I've got no good news for you; I've not found a solution short of updating the legacy scripts to use pip (and hoping the version pip installs works).

In your case its pip you're trying to get from easy_install, so you can probably omit the line since the version of pip in bionic is 9.0.1-2. A better change to the script might check that pip --version is less than 9.0.1 before trying to install that alternate version via easy_install.


On Ubuntu 18.04, I got the same error several times, I searched on many links but didn't get a useful solution.

For this, the version of the pip should be less than or the same as 9.0.1.

First of all, install the pip for python version 3 from-

sudo apt install python3-pip

and check pip version-

pip --version

after that, we have to install build-essential for python-dev

sudo apt-get install build-essential python-dev

and python setup-tools

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools

And finally, we are able to install pymongo by following command-

python -m pip install pymongo

It worked for me, may it will work for you too.

  • This worked for me, but I used sudo apt install python-pip instead of installing python 3 – Lamiaa Elmorsy Apr 25 '20 at 12:25

easy_install is not a part of python setup-tools so instead you can go for pip3 for installing python modules if pip is not found the following should solve your issue.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install python3-pip

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