I'm trying to install pip (python installer) to my username since I don't have root privileges and can't just sudo apt-get install python-pip.

So what I've done is just easy_install --user pip. That installs it to .local/bin apparently but then when I call it like so:

pip install --user astropy

It says that pip is not currently installed.

I have limited knowledge of linux and of the system I'm using (NX connection to a machine at my university). I know I should be able to do this!

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    If easy_install is not available, you can install pip to local with wget https://raw.github.com/pypa/pip/master/contrib/get-pip.py && python get-pip.py --user
    – JorgeGT
    Nov 2, 2014 at 18:51
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    Here is the up-to-date version of the above method: wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py && python get-pip.py --user
    – qed
    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:49
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    Get this error: OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip' Jan 25, 2017 at 15:34
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    @ablmf - did you add the --user when running python get-pip.py --user ?
    – m81
    Jan 26, 2017 at 18:26
  • @qed 's comment should be the accepted answer Jul 24, 2017 at 11:32

2 Answers 2


I hope I'm right and the problem is with your PATH, try this

You can add this to your ~/.bashrc file:


If you don't know how, you can just execute this line in a Terminal:

echo "PATH=\$PATH:~/.local/bin" >> ~/.bashrc

You can also check what's in your PATH by typing in the Terminal

echo $PATH
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    Don't forget to source ~/.bashrc for the change to make effect!
    – JorgeGT
    Nov 2, 2014 at 18:49

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Installing Python 3.6 (works with any version per say)

  1. Get the official download link from python.org website (example)

  2. Download the python source release and get the folder readied for installation from source.

    wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.6.9/Python-3.6.9.tgz
    tar zxfv Python-3.6.9.tgz
    find ~/inflated_location/Python-3.6.9/Python -type d | xargs chmod 0755
    cd Python-3.6.9
  3. Install from source

    ./configure --prefix=~/inflated_location/Python-3.6.9/Python
    make install
  4. Export the path variable

    nano ~/.bashrc
    export PATH=~/inflated_folder/python/Python-3.6.9/:$PATH
    source ~/.bashrc

Now you have python3.6 installed for logged in user and can be invoked now using command python

Installing py packages

The easiest way that I have followed is

python -m pip install <package-name> --user


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