I've tried the normal way,
sudo apt-get install python3.6, but... well... that didn't work.
So, how would I go about it? (I'd preferably not build it on my own)
I'm using Ubuntu 16.04.
If you are using Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, or 18.04, you can use Felix Krull's deadsnakes PPA at https://launchpad.net/~deadsnakes/+archive/ubuntu/ppa:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python3.6
Alternatively, you can use J Fernyhough's PPA at https://launchpad.net/~jonathonf/+archive/ubuntu/python-3.6:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/python-3.6 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python3.6
If you are using Ubuntu 16.10 or 17.04, then Python 3.6 is in the universe repository, so you can just run:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python3.6
To invoke the Python 3.6 interpreter, run
Ubuntu 17.10 already comes with Python 3.6 as default. Just run
python3 to invoke it.
I would recommend pyenv to solve your woes. It doesn't use Aptitude, and does involve "building it yourself", but it's fully automated. You can build and install a new (or old) version of Python by simply saying
pyenv install 3.6.0. Everything runs as your user, so you don't have to worry about messing up the Python used by Ubuntu itself.
Plus, the answer to the follow-up question "How do I install Python 3.7 using apt-get?" has the same answer:
pyenv update; pyenv install 3.7.0. It will generally work same day of a release because you don't need to wait for someone else to package it for Ubuntu. See all the versions you can install with
pyenv install --list
Install tools and headers needed to build CPythons (exotic Pythons like PyPy or Jython may have other dependencies). Git is used by pyenv, plus it also enables builds/installs of source branches, so you could install whatever 3.8 is right now, i.e. the master branch of CPython fresh off GitHub:
sudo apt-get install -y git sudo apt-get install -y build-essential libbz2-dev libssl-dev libreadline-dev \ libsqlite3-dev tk-dev # optional scientific package headers (for Numpy, Matplotlib, SciPy, etc.) sudo apt-get install -y libpng-dev libfreetype6-dev
Run the installer script (installs pyenv and some very useful pyenv plugins by the original author; see here for more)
curl -L https://github.com/pyenv/pyenv-installer/raw/master/bin/pyenv-installer | bash
Add init lines to your
~/.bashrc (it mentions it at the end of the install script):
export PATH="~/.pyenv/bin:$PATH" eval "$(pyenv init -)" eval "$(pyenv virtualenv-init -)"
Restart your shell (close & open or
exec $SHELL) or reload the profile script. (with e.g.
To not touch the system Python (generally a bad idea; OS-level services might be relying on some specific library versions, etc.) make your own environment, it's easy! Even better, no
sudo, for it or
Install your preferred Python version (this will download the source and build it for your user, no input required)
pyenv install 3.6.0
Make it a virtualenv so you can make others later if you want
pyenv virtualenv 3.6.0 general
Make it globally active (for your user)
pyenv global general
Do what you want to with the Python/pip, etc. It's yours.
If you want to clean out your libraries later, you could delete the virtualenv (
pyenv uninstall general) or make a new one (
pyenv virtualenv 3.6.0 other_proj). You can also have environments active per-directory:
pyenv local other_proj will drop a
.python-version file into your current folder and any time you invoke Python or pip-installed Python utilities from it or under it, they will be shimmed by pyenv.
bash: pyenv: command not found,
fish: Unknown command 'pyenv'
$PATH, there should be one entry that ends in something like
.pyenv/bin. If it's missing make sure you followed #3 AND #4 (restart your shell) under Install pyenv above.
pyenv: no such command 'virtualenv'
An alternative route if you can't find any working repos would be you could try compiling yourself from source. You can find the source code on the download page. Then download and untar the tarball; for example for
The process for untarring the tgz file is:
tar -xvzf /path/to/yourfile.tgz
Once you are in the file path the file was unzipped to, run:
./configure make make altinstall
And hopefully this should solve the problem for you.
It depends on which version of Ubuntu you are using.
Since Python 3.6 is installed in the universe repository of Ubuntu 16.10 and Ubuntu 17.04, you can directly install python 3.6 from the repository. Just use the commands below:
sudo apt update sudo apt install python3.6
There are two ways to install Python3.6 on Ubuntu 16.04
Install the necessary dependencies, download the python 3.6 source code, and build the environment and install
sudo apt install build-essential checkinstall sudo apt install libreadline-gplv2-dev libncursesw5-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev tk-dev libgdbm-dev libc6-dev libbz2-dev wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.6.0/Python-3.6.0.tar.xz tar xvf Python-3.6.0.tar.xz cd Python-3.6.0/ ./configure sudo make altinstall
You can install Python 3.6 from PPA using the commands below
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/python-3.6 sudo apt update sudo apt install python3.6
If Python 3.6 is correctly installed, you can invoke the python interpreter by running
python3.6 in the terminal.
I hope this helps. If you are having any issues, you can check this blog post here.
For Ubuntu 15.10 I installed it successfully using this method:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/python-3.6
But I edited this file:
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jonathonf-ubuntu-python-3_6-wily.list
And I changed wily to trusty and then:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python3.6
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