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 ? – mchen.ja Jan 26 '17 at 18:26
  • @qed 's comment should be the accepted answer – Cédric Van Rompay Jul 24 '17 at 11:32

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 '14 at 18:49

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