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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 '14 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 '16 at 11:49
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    Get this error: OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip' – ablmf Jan 25 '17 at 15:34
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    @ablmf - did you add the --user when running python get-pip.py --user ? – m81 Jan 26 '17 at 18:26
  • @qed 's comment should be the accepted answer – Cédric Van Rompay Jul 24 '17 at 11:32
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I hope I'm right and the problem is with your PATH, try this

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

PATH=$PATH:~/.local/bin

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 '14 at 18:49
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This may be related. How to install python from source on a remote machine without root access.

Installing Python 3.6 (works with any version per say)

  1. Get the official download link from python.org website(Example. https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.6.9/Python-3.6.9.tgz)

  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
  1. Install from source
$ ./configure --prefix=~/inflated_location/Python-3.6.9/Python
$ make
$ make install
  1. 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

Reference: https://randomwalk.in/python/2019/10/27/Install-Python-copy.html

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