I recently visited the Python site, and noticed that a new version, 3.4.1 had come out.
My Ubuntu 14.04 had 3.4.0, so I downloaded 3.4.1 and installed it.
When I open IDLE, it showed 3.4.0, but when I open a terminal and type python3, it shows 3.4.1.
I re-installed IDLE, then I searched for IDLE 3.4.1 Ubuntu, but I did not get anything.
I got Debian's packages site for the IDLE 3.4.1.deb file, so I downloaded that.
I installed it, and yet IDLE showed 3.4.0, when I checked the Ubuntu Software Center, and it showed idle-python3.4 3.4.1-6 version so it should work.

Looks like typing python34 and python340 just returns errors.
But typing python3 gives me python 3.4.1 and of course python gives me python 2.7.
It is like python 3.4.0 is not there but IDLE is still able to somehow access to it

In PyCharm there is an option to choose which Python Interpreter you want to use, I get 2.7 and 3.4.0 there.

  • 1
    Did you uninstall the old version of Python (3.4.0) before you installed the new version (3.4.1)?
    – Moose
    Jul 7, 2014 at 11:52
  • Python 3.4 on Ubuntu 14.04 comes pre installed with the Operating System, it would not be wise to uninstall it because the system may be using it for various internal tasks. You can just install an additional version for your needs.
    – Stef K
    Jul 8, 2014 at 7:40
  • No, I did not remove python 3.4.0 but Stef K is correct. If I remove python 3.4.0 now, I mean after installing 3.4.1, will anything bad occur? Oh and I edited my question, I forgot to mention something. Please read it.
    – retrixe
    Jul 12, 2014 at 16:26
  • askubuntu.com/questions/474108/… Intalling 3.4.1 writes over the link to 3.4.0
    – Tim
    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:25
  • @Tim I am talking about the selection available, not about the link as that has been overwritten.
    – retrixe
    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:37

1 Answer 1


So in the folder /usr/bin/ you will have files similar to this (the ones in bold are symbolic links).












So the command python 3 is actually a link to the executable python3.4.

When you "upgrade" to 3.4.1 it doesn't atually remove 3.4.0. Try running /usr/bin/python3.4 and /usr/bin/python3

The new install is somewhere different: /usr/local/bin/python3

That link goes to the new executable /usr/local/bin/python3.4, which is 3.4.1.

That's why running python3 gives you 3.4.1 in terminal, but idle3 is 3.4.0. (They "look" in the respective places first).

So PyCharm is (presumably) looking in /usr/bin/ first, so it doesn't see the 3.4.1. Try adding a symbolic link in /usr/bin/ named python341 (or similar) that links to /usr/local/bin/python3.4

  • Tim how do you create the symbolic link?
    – user319996
    Aug 24, 2014 at 12:22
  • I have found a way to manually choose a symbolic link as an interpreter in PyCharm.
    – retrixe
    Sep 19, 2014 at 13:07
  • it is not nautlus by the way. (I am an intermediate Ubuntu user, BTW :) ). It is nautilus
    – retrixe
    Sep 19, 2014 at 13:09
  • Sorry for that :)
    – Tim
    Sep 19, 2014 at 13:12

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