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Python Installing Python

naveen kumar thatikonda
naveen kumar thatikonda
678 Points

What is pip

Am not seeing pip on my machine. What is pip ? How can I see it in my machine ?

5 Answers

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,623 Points

Hey there,

PIP is a package management system for Python, so if you have Python installed on your machine, you should have PIP. I'm only familiar with Mac, so if you are using Windows, it may or may not be the same, I'm not sure.

On a Mac, Python 2.7 is installed by default and uses pip in the command line to install packages for Python. If, you have installed and are using python3 on the Mac, then you need to use pip3 in the command line.

I'm not sure how you would "see it in your machine" as I have never looked. I don't use Python that often, so I just know that pip3 is there.

Hopefully this helps some.


I just downloaded Python 3.6 from python.org and the latest version of pip was included (you can see in the video at 2:02 when Kenneth gets to the custom install screen, that his 3.5 download also included a pip installation or upgrade).

Make sure you exit() out of the python shell before typing pip3 --version (otherwise you get an error).


Nekia McGee
Nekia McGee
4,491 Points

It appears that Kenneth left out the instructions for installing pip :(

I found this command for MAC users to install pip:

$ sudo easy_install pip