I have 14.04. I read on the pip readthedocs that pip is included by default with Python 3. When I installed Python 3 on Windows it was there, but I'm getting pip command not found on Ubuntu. I checked dpkg and it is not there. I also looked at the Ubuntu Python 3 port page and did not see anything. If pip is here, where do I find it and get it working? If it is not here, why and what else is missing from the default Python 3 that I should know about so I don't waste time looking for it?


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Open the terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install python3-pip  

python3-pip is the Python 3 version of the alternative Python package installer. This program is run from a terminal using: pip3.

Another program that is bundled with the default implementation of Python in Windows and is a separate package in Ubuntu is the IDLE Integrated Development Environment for Python 3 (idle3). I don't use IDLE myself. I much prefer Spyder (spyder3).

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    Just to be clear: Is the command for pip3 pip, pip3, or pip-3.2, as in this answer superuser.com/questions/769920/… Apr 2, 2015 at 23:06
  • I was anticipating the some additional questions that weren't in your original question such as what about Enhanced interactive Python shell (ipython3) and Python 3 virtual environment creator (python3-venv)? python3-venv is in the default Ubuntu repositories starting with Ubuntu 14.10. The command to install a package using the pip3 (from the Ubuntu repos) is: sudo pip3 install some-package-name. The command to uninstall a package using pip3 is: sudo pip3 uninstall some-package-name. These commands are for a global install. The same commands without sudo are used for a local install
    – karel
    Apr 3, 2015 at 3:53
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    Even though I did sudo apt install python3.8 and the current Ubuntu python is 3.7, this answer worked for me. Aug 11, 2019 at 4:29
  • Well this does not work for me on python3.8 $ pip3 -V pip 9.0.1 from /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages (python 3.6) Apr 1, 2020 at 21:25
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    @nealmcb The default version of python3-pip has been upgraded in Ubuntu 20.04 to 20.0.2-5ubuntu1.1. That's a big version upgrade.
    – karel
    Oct 28, 2020 at 3:52

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