Pip is a widely used package manager for Python, allowing you to install and manage Python packages easily. In this blog post, we’ll explore various methods to install Pip on MacOS.
I’ll provide clear, reproducible code examples for each method, making it easy for you to get started with Pip on your MacOS system.
Homebrew is a popular package manager for MacOS, making it simple to install and manage software. To install Pip using Homebrew, follow these steps:
a. Install Homebrew, if you haven’t already:
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
b. Update Homebrew:
c. Install Python (Pip comes bundled with Python 3.4+):
brew install python
This will install the latest version of Python. Pip comes with Python by default from version 3.4 onwards. So no need to install
pip separately. You can directly check the version of
d. Verify Pip installation:
On any modern macbook, run the following to install pip. Python 3.4+ will have
ensurepip so the following command should work.
python -m ensurepip --upgrade
easy_install is a deprecated method for installing Python packages, but it can still be used to install Pip. Keep in mind that using easy_install is not recommended, as it is no longer supported. However, for historical completeness, let me show it here.
a. Install easy_install (if not already installed):
sudo curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/ez_setup.py -o - | python
b. Install Pip using easy_install:
sudo easy_install pip
c. Verify Pip installation:
Installing pip manually
If you prefer not to use a package manager, you can install Pip manually using the following steps:
a. Download the Pip installation script:
curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py
b. Run the installation script:
sudo python get-pip.py
Alternatively, you can combine the above two steps in one:
curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py | python
The above call will directly pipe
get-pip.py as an argument to
python command and get ‘pip’ installed. The
get-pip.py file will not be created. We won’t need it anymore anyway.
c. Finally Verify Pip installation:
Remember to keep Pip updated, as newer versions may contain important bug fixes and improvements:
pip install --upgrade pip
python -m pip install --upgrade pip