I have installed ubuntu 18.04 in virtual box and when trying python -v, it says you have python3 installed, I want to remove python 3 or disable so that can use python2.7 and run some scripts i have.
Python 2 is no longer installed by default in fresh installations of Ubuntu 18.04 and later. Don't remove python3 from Ubuntu 18.04 and later or else Ubuntu Software, the terminal and many other apps that are installed by default will stop working. If you removed Python 3 and now Ubuntu Software, terminal and other applications don't work follow the instructions in this answer to reinstall it and get all applications working again.
To install Python 2.7 in Ubuntu 18.04 and later open the terminal and type:
sudo apt install python2.7
To start the Python 2.7 interpreter run this command:
To start the Python 3 interpreter run this command:
Either way the Python interpreter will show a version message when it is started that shows what version of Python you are running.
In Ubuntu 18.04 LTS both Python 2.7, and Python 3 are installed by default:
In 18.10. and in 19.04 it will not be installed in a live session:
You will have to intall Python 2.7 manually before you can use it.
sudo apt install python
Applications depending on it will install it as a dependency.
1) To install Python 2 version on Ubuntu 18.04 open up terminal and enter:
sudo apt install python-minimal
sudo apt install python2.7
2) If still python 3+ updated list of Python alternatives to perform a switch between any python version is to run:
update-alternatives --config python
There are 2 choices for the alternative python (providing /usr/bin/python). Selection Path Priority Status ------------------------------------------------------------ * 0 /usr/bin/python3.5 2 auto mode 1 /usr/bin/python2.7 1 manual mode 2 /usr/bin/python3.5 2 manual mode Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 1 update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/python2.7 to provide /usr/bin/python (python) in manual mode
and select an appropriate version using selction integer as shown above.
3) If you see: update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for python. Run:
/usr/bin/python /usr/bin/python2 /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/bin/python3 /usr/bin/python3.5
Next, update the Python alternatives list for each version you whish to use with priority 1 and 2:
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3.5 1 update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python2.7 2
Then run again
update-alternatives --config python and select an appropriate version..
No need to disable python 3. You can execute python 2.7 using command python2 filename.py. You can check python 2 version by python2 --version