How to install PIP on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver


The objective is to PIP the python package management system on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic beaver

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic beaver


Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.


  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


Install PIP

PIP is not installed by default on Ubuntu 18.04, however, the installation of PIP is simple. Open up terminal and enter:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install python-pip

The above command will install PIP for Python 2.X Confirm the installation:

$ pip --version
pip 9.0.1 from /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

Install PIP3

In case you need PIP3 along with a higher Python 3.X version you can install PIP3 using the following linux command.

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install python3-pip

Confirm the installation:

$ pip3 --version
pip 9.0.1 from /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages (python 3.6)

Basic Usage

The following lines will illustrate a basic usage and syntax of PIP command. To search packages index execute:

pip search KEYWORD

to search for packages. Once you obtain the package name use pip to install it:

$ pip install PACKAGE_NAME

Lastly, to remove package enter:

$ pip uninstall PACKAGE_NAME