The version of python2 on my Ubuntu 14.04 machine is Python 2.7.6. How can I upgrade it to the the latest version of Python 2.X? The latest is currently 2.7.11.

I have tried apt-get update/upgrade, but the repository doesn't seem to have the latest version.

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Ubuntu 18.04 and newer:

The new version of Ubuntu no longer uses python 2, so you need to install it with:

sudo apt install python-minimal

Ubuntu 17.04 and older:

The answer appears to be to add a third party repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/python-2.7
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python2.7
python --version
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    Thanks. But it works till python 2.7.12, now the latest release is 2.7.13.
    – zhihong
    Feb 24, 2017 at 14:55
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    It appears this PPA has now been taken offline, launchpad.net/~fkrull/+archive/ubuntu/deadsnakes-python2.7 403 Aug 2, 2017 at 15:59
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    @Gaia, Try sudo apt install python-minimal, it looks like the new way to do it. I has a newer version of python 2.7 than ppa:jonathonf/python-2.7 too.
    – Morgoth
    Jul 29, 2018 at 11:41
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    I am using Ubuntu 14.04. Just did as the answer says for my version (17.04 and older) and I just got Python 2.7.14 which is newest version of python 2 today (15.8.2018.). Thanks! :) Aug 15, 2018 at 17:45
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    Unfortunately, this is no longer working as of May 2020
    – Moshe Zvi
    May 13, 2020 at 20:20

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