Install Python 2 on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux


Python version 3 is now the default python interpreter on Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop or Server release. However, if you need to install the older Python 2 version you can do that with a single apt command.

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)


To install Python 2 version on Ubuntu 18.04 open up terminal and enter:

$ sudo apt install python-minimal

Check installed python version:

$ python --version
Python 2.7.14+

Visit the following page if you need to install PIP tool for managing Python 2 packages.