I am trying to install Gitlab Development Kit on Windows Ubuntu Bash.

$python3 output

Python 3.5.2 (default, Nov 17 2016, 17:05:23)
[GCC 5.4.0 20160609] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

$python output

The program 'python' can be found in the following packages:
 * python-minimal
 * python3
Try: sudo apt install <selected package>

When I try to do this:

sudo apt-get install build-essential 
make -j4 # adjust according to your available CPU capacity 
sudo make install

This is the output after ./configure

$ ./configure
/usr/bin/env: ‘python’: No such file or directory

$ python --version 

The program 'python' can be found in the following packages:
 * python-minimal
 * python3
Try: sudo apt install <selected package>

$which -a python

no output

How can I solve this? I am new to Ubuntu.

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    Please edit your question and show us the output of these commands: i) python --version; ii) which -a python.
    – terdon
    Aug 4, 2017 at 8:39
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    That doesn't make sense. You said " it starts python as it should", but your output shows you don't have python installed. Did you actually run python2 or something?
    – terdon
    Aug 4, 2017 at 9:03
  • My bad i used $ alias python=python3 before writing python that time after reopening its gone altought it didn't solved the problem
    – mertselimb
    Aug 4, 2017 at 9:07
  • Please edit your question and clarify. Do you or do you not have python installed? What happens if you run python from the command line? Do you mean you only have python3 installed?
    – terdon
    Aug 4, 2017 at 9:10
  • I edited the question
    – mertselimb
    Aug 4, 2017 at 9:20

9 Answers 9


For ubuntu 20.04 you can use following package to python command. And it is python 3.

sudo apt-get install python-is-python3

  • 1
    Got this problem after my latest kernel update Linux Mint 20. Didn't know so many of my widgets used python!
    – zzapper
    Dec 3, 2020 at 10:38
  • 1
    Fixed youtube-dl on Ubuntu 20.04 for me. Thanks. Mar 12 at 1:18

Problem scenario:

/usr/bin/env: ‘python’: No such file or directory

Possible Solution #1

If Python 3 is not installed, install it: apt-get install python3

Possible Solution #2

If Python 3 has been installed, run these commands: whereis python3

Then we create a symlink to it: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/python3 /usr/bin/python

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    Worked for me in Lubuntu 20.04, and solved my problem. Thanks!
    – Munsko
    Jun 10, 2020 at 1:46
  • Solution 2 worked on Kali linux, thank you Feb 27, 2021 at 20:11
  • Not a good solution, it has the presumption that the required Python version is version 3, which might not be always the case. Better approach would be using update-alternatives with higher priority for Python3 and with less priority for Python2.
    – aderchox
    Nov 25, 2021 at 9:50

I had the same problem after installing Ubuntu 18.04 and trying to run some python scripts.

I tried:

sudo apt-get install python2.7-minimal

but I still got the same error. I solved it by:

sudo apt install python-minimal
  • This is really correct: after which python --version gives python 2.7.14 Sep 4, 2018 at 7:25
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    This one solved my problem but accepted answer didn't..curious..
    – Diego
    Apr 2, 2019 at 23:02
  • Same for me this one sudo apt install python-minimal resolved the problem.
    – user12345
    Jun 22, 2019 at 7:47
  • python-minimal doesn't exist anymore and python2-minimal doesn't work either.
    – aderchox
    Nov 25, 2021 at 9:52

You do seem to have python3 installed, but it isn't called python and anyway the script you want to run (configure) requires python 2. So:

  1. Install python2

    sudo apt-get install python2.7-minimal
  2. Run it again


If that fails again, call it with python2 explicitly:

/usr/bin/python2.7 configure

Yet Another Solution:

$ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3 10
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/python3 to provide /usr/bin/python (python) in auto mode

Tested & verified on my 20.04LTS system. See man update-alternatives for details. And, "No - it's not necessary to have Python2 installed for this to work."


I had the same problem, It got solved by linking python to python2.7 with the following commands

cd /usr/bin
sudo mv python python.bak
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/bin/python
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    Worked for python3 as well, while trying to install youtube-dl. I did not want to install another version ... Simple way to just link instead
    – Amit
    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:56

If you don't want to mess up with your system configuration, you can just replace the first line of your configure file

  1. Open it with your favorite text editor
  2. Replace #!/usr/bin/env python with #!/usr/bin/env python3
  3. Save and keep playing!

Just for reference... I had a similar issue - running a python script from the docker container failed with "No such file or directory", my solution was to force Unix style line endings on the checkout of the code and in the IDE (as it was bind-mounted from the Windows host to the container).


Check the spelling in the first line. Trailing spaces have been known to prevent the shell from locating the shell...

"#!/usr/bin/env tclsh "

The training space confused bash.

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