pip not working on a python installation

- Andrés Cruz

En español

When we install Python on operating systems like Windows, MacOS, or various Linux distributions, we often encounter problems accessing the pip tool, which is essential for managing Python packages.

In this post, we’ll explore some possible steps you can take to address this issue.

Verify Pip Installation

Before assuming there’s a real problem with pip, make sure to check if it’s installed correctly. Open a CMD or Terminal window and run the following command:

python -m pip --version

By running pip as a Python module, if you see an error message, it’s possible that pip isn’t installed correctly. In that case, consider reinstalling Python from scratch and pay attention to any issues during installation.

Add Pip to the PATH

If pip is installed but still not working, verify whether it’s in your PATH environment variable. Typically, pip is installed in the default path C:\Python38\Scripts\pip. You can check if it’s in your PATH by typing the following command in a CMD window:

echo %path%

It’s crucial that when installing Python using the official installer, you select the option to add Python to the system PATH. You’ll see this option in the first window when running the installation.

Adding Python to the PATH on MacOS

If you’re using MacOS, you can add Python to the PATH as follows:

Open the Terminal.

Type nano ~/.bash_profile and press Enter.

Add the following line to the file:

export PATH="$PATH:/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/X.Y/bin"

Replace X.Y with the specific Python version you want to add to the PATH.

If you’re using tools like Homebrew, Python is usually automatically added to the system path.

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