How to install Pip on Mac in just a few steps

Milan Stanojevic
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  • When it comes to programming, Python is one of the most used and versatile languages.
  • In order to use Python packages on your Mac, you need to use Pip, and in today’s article, we’ll show you how to install it.
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Pip is a package installer for Python, and if you’re a developer you’re probably familiar with it.

Installing Pip isn’t always as simple, especially if you’re new to it, but in today’s article, we’re going to show you how to install Pip with ease.

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How do I install Pip on Mac?

1. Use the Terminal

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities.
  2. Start the Terminal from there.
    terminal install pip on mac
  3. First, we need to check if we have Python installed. We do that by running this command:
    • python –version
  4. If you get a message saying that you don’t have Python installed, you’ll need to install it manually and then repeat this solution.
  5. Run the following command:
    • curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py
  6. After the command has finished running and you’ve downloaded the required files, run this command:
    • python get-pip.py

After the command has finished running, Pip should be installed and ready to use.


2. Running Pip

  1. Open the Terminal.
  2. Once the Terminal opens, run the following command:
    • pip –version
  3. If everything is in order, it means that pip is installed successfully.
  4. Optional: Check if pop, setuptools, and wheel are up to date by running this command:
    • python -m pip install --upgrade pip setuptools wheel

After updating everything, you can install components by running the following commands:

  • pip install "SomeProject" – to install a specific project
  • pip install "SomeProject==1.4" – to install a specific version of a project
  • pip install "SomeProject>=1,<2" – to install a version equal to one version but less than the other one
  • pip install "SomeProject~=1.4.2" – to install a version that is compatible with a certain version

You can also upgrade packages by running the following command:

  • pip install --upgrade SomeProject

Python is an incredibly powerful programming language, and if you want to use it, you’ll need to have Pip installed.  If you found our guide helpful, let us know in the comments below.

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