There is a package (python-pygame) for Python2 available from the universe repository. However, I want to work through the tutorial in the Invent with Python book. Going through SPM (Synaptic), I cannot find a pygame resource for Python3.

Also, I looked on the Pygame website and it is not clear if Pygame is available for Python3 (though the book indicates that it is).

Can someone help me with my dilemma?

  • IMPORTANT_MOVED.txt seems... important. So I changed the svn... line to hg clone https://bitbucket.org/pygame/pygame – Oleh Prypin Jan 26 '12 at 22:30
  • Try this answer on Stack Overflow. It worked perfectly for me (minus the part where I forgot to copy and paste the apt-get command with the dependencies and had to hunt down and install them by hand). – fouric Oct 28 '13 at 5:08

From Pygame wiki:

Does Pygame work with Python 3?

Yes. Pygame 1.9.2 supports Python 3.2 and up. Only the orphaned _movie module (not built by default) does not.

However, there seems no pre-packaged Pygame packages for Python 3 in Ubuntu repositories, at least as of 14.04.

I would suggest you to get the source packages from the pygame website and install it locally into a virtualenv or buildout. Globally installing python modules in evil anyway :) Here are the instructions: http://www.pygame.org/wiki/CompileUbuntu

Alternatively you can try this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~thopiekar/+archive/ubuntu/pygame

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  • Thanks for the suggestion! I have posted the steps in the original question for an explicit answer. – TheGeeko61 Jan 23 '12 at 1:27
  • @TheGeeko61: I think you should post that as an answer, it's not "bad" in any way. – Oleh Prypin Jan 26 '12 at 22:27
  • Alright, I'm doing so... – TheGeeko61 Jan 27 '12 at 23:12
  • No longer up to date – Jonathan Jul 4 '15 at 20:53
  • @JonathanLeaders: It wasn't THAT much out of date: there are still no pre-compiled packages and you still have to install from source. I've added a few links to the answer though. – Sergey Jul 5 '15 at 1:06

Thanks to Sergey's suggestion, this is how to get it working:
(1) Move to a directory where you want the source code to be downloaded to
(2) svn co svn://seul.org/svn/pygame/trunk pygame
    NOTE:  Be sure to use the svn method.  Simply downloading the pygame*.tar.gz
           file from the pygame downloads page didn't work!
(3) cd pygame
(4) python3 config.py
    NOTE:  This confirms that you have the dependencies.
(5) python3 setup.py build
(6) sudo python3 setup.py install
    NOTE:  On my machine, I have the distro's python3.2 installed (which is in
           the /usr/lib directory).  This step places the pygame module into
           /usr/local/lib -- which is what you want (per Sergey's suggestion).

(1) python3
(2) At the '>>>' prompt, type "import pygame"
    VALIDATION:  If you get another '>>>' prompt, all is well.

per BlaXpirit, you may also choose to use hg instead of svn:

hg clone https://bitbucket.org/pygame/pygame

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Someone needs to make a python3-pygame package that does this, but no one has yet

sudo apt-get install mercurial python3-dev python3-numpy libav-tools \
    libsdl-image1.2-dev libsdl-mixer1.2-dev libsdl-ttf2.0-dev libsmpeg-dev \
    libsdl1.2-dev  libportmidi-dev libswscale-dev libavformat-dev libavcodec-dev
hg clone https://bitbucket.org/pygame/pygame
cd pygame
python3 setup.py build
sudo python3 setup.py install
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Thanks again to everyone.

Just did a clean install of Mint 18 Cinnamon 64bit, and was following TheGeek61's post above to get Pygame working again.

But when I tried python3 setup.py build came up with an error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "setup.py", line 109, in <module>
    from setuptools import setup, find_packages
ImportError: No module named 'setuptools'

After some searching, ran the following:

sudo pip install -U setuptools

Which then allowed Pygame for Python3 to install successfully.

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