Whatever packages I try to install in pycharm I keep getting an error saying:

Error: Python packaging tool 'pip' not found

My python version is 3.4.2 in Ubuntu 14.10. Please help.

  • and you actually installed "pip"? By the way: please install a supported release if you want help from Ask Ubuntu. 14.10 went end of life a long time ago.
    – Rinzwind
    Mar 20, 2016 at 18:59
  • Specifically, what does sudo apt-get install python-pip do?
    – TheSchwa
    Mar 21, 2016 at 0:07

3 Answers 3


Please check if you have pip installed.

which pip

might already help - or check dpkg via

dpkg -l | grep pip

Both methods should tell you if you have pip installed or not.

If it isn't installed so far, install it via:

sudo apt install python-pip
  • edwardo@edwardo-HP-ProBook-6450b:~$ dpkg -l | grep pip ii libpipeline1:i386 1.3.1-1 i386 pipeline manipulation library ----------------------------------i got that output---------- Mar 22, 2016 at 22:15
  • That means the only package you got installed & dpkg knows of containing the string 'pip' is 'libpipeline1:i386 1.3.1-1 i386'. If your system would have an installed package python-pip it should be listed in the output. Therefor the fix should be installing it as mentioned in my base-post via apt.
    – dufte
    Mar 23, 2016 at 9:49

If you have python3, use the command below:

sudo apt-get install python3-pip
  • thanks man. i had a problem with it for a week. now i am free. Sep 15, 2017 at 11:37

This problem comes because we might be unknowingly using some packages from python3 and for this we would need pip for python3

sudo apt-get install python3-pip

this would work.

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