pip is a package management system used to install and manage software packages written in Python.
Python 2.7.9+ and 3.4+
Python 3.4 (released March 2014) and Python 2.7.9 (released December 2014) ship with Pip. This is the best feature of any Python release. It makes the community's wealth of libraries accessible to everyone. Newbies are no longer excluded from using community libraries by the prohibitive difficulty of setup. In shipping with a package manager, Python joins Ruby, Node.js, Haskell, Perl, Go--almost every other contemporary language with a majority open-source community. Thank you Python.
Python 2 ≤ 2.7.8 and Python 3 ≤ 3.3
Flying in the face of its 'batteries included' motto, Python ships without a package manager. To make matters worse, Pip was--until recently--ironically difficult to install.
get-pip.py, being careful to save it as a
.py file rather than
.txt. Then, run it from the command prompt:
You possibly need an administrator command prompt to do this
This installs the pip package, which (in Windows) contains ...\Scripts\pip.exe that path must be in PATH environment variable to use pip from the command line (see second part of 'Alternative Instructions' for adding it to your PATH,
The official documentation tells users to install Pip and each of its dependencies from source. That's tedious for the experienced, and prohibitively difficult for newbies.
For our sake, Christoph Gohlke prepares Windows installers (
.msi) for popular Python packages. He builds installers for all Python versions, both 32 and 64 bit. You need to:
- Install setuptools
- Install pip
For me, this installed Pip at
pip.exe on your computer, then add its folder (for example,
C:\Python27\Scripts) to your path (Start / Edit environment variables). Now you should be able to run
pip from the command line. Try installing a package:
pip install httpie