Installing Python 3 and Pip on Mac OS

Appleā€™s Mac OS comes with python 2.7 installed by default. Perhaps you may want to use python 3.x.x on your machine and also use pip for package management with python 3.x.x. The easiest way to achieve this is by:

NOTE: This tutorial does not use Virtual Environments like virtualenv or pyenv to manage various python versions

  1. Installing python3

Follow this link and download the latest python3 OS X package Run the package and follow the steps to install python3 on your computer. Once the installation is done, on your Terminal, run python3 --version This will print out the version of python installed on your system. The output should be similar to:

Python 3.6.1 You may verify the installation directory of python by running the following line on the Terminal.

which python3 The prompt should print the install path for python3. An example output is:


  1. Install pip3

Securely download the file from this link From the directory where the file was downloaded to, run the following command in the Terminal python3 Once the installation completes you should see the prompt print message similar to this Verify the installation of pip3 by running the following on the Terminal which pip3 This should return the install location of pip3.

To install python3 packages using pip3, run pip3 packageName Remember to replace packageName with the appropriate package name for your case.

Happy Pythoning!

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