Install a module using pip for specific python version


On Ubuntu 10.04 by default Python 2.6 is installed, then I have installed Python 2.7. How can I use pip install to install packages for Python 2.7.

For example:

pip install beautifulsoup4

by default installs BeautifulSoup for Python 2.6

When I do:

import bs4

in Python 2.6 it works, but in Python 2.7 it says:

No module named bs4
Asked By: torayeff



Use a version of pip installed against the Python instance you want to install new packages to.

In many distributions, there may be separate python2.6-pip and python2.7-pip packages, invoked with binary names such as pip-2.6 and pip-2.7. If pip is not packaged in your distribution for the desired target, you might look for a setuptools or easyinstall package, or use virtualenv (which will always include pip in a generated environment).

pip’s website includes installation instructions, if you can’t find anything within your distribution.

Answered By: Charles Duffy

Alternatively, since pip itself is written in python, you can just call it with the python version you want to install the package for:

python2.7 -m pip install foo
Answered By: Turion

Python 2

sudo pip2 install johnbonjovi  

Python 3

sudo pip3 install johnbonjovi
Answered By: David McCorkle

You can execute pip module for a specific python version using the corresponding python:

Python 2.6:

python2.6 -m pip install beautifulsoup4

Python 2.7

python2.7 -m pip install beautifulsoup4
Answered By: Tiago Coutinho

In Windows, you can execute the pip module by mentioning the python version ( You need to ensure that the launcher is on your path )

py -2 -m pip install pyfora
Answered By: mon

You can use this syntax

python_version -m pip install your_package

For example. If you’re running python3.5, you named it as “python3”, and want to install numpy package

python3 -m pip install numpy
Answered By: Catbuilts

I had Python 2.7 installed via chocolatey on Windows and found pip2.7.exe in C:toolspython2Scripts.

Using this executable instead of the pip command installed the correct module for me (requests for Python 2.7).

Answered By: CodeManX

Alternatively, if you want to install specific version of the package with the specific version of python, this is the way

sudo python2.7 -m pip install pyudev=0.16

if the “=” doesnt work, use ==

x@ubuntuserv:~$ sudo python2.7 -m pip install pyudev=0.16

Invalid requirement: ‘pyudev=0.16’
= is not a valid operator. Did you mean == ?

x@ubuntuserv:~$ sudo python2.7 -m pip install pyudev==0.16

works fine

Answered By: ravi.zombie

I faced a similar problem with another package called Twisted. I wanted to install it for Python 2.7, but it only got installed for Python 2.6 (system’s default version).

Making a simple change worked for me.

When adding Python 2.7’s path to your $PATH variable, append it to the front like this: PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH, so that the system uses that version.

If you face more problems, you can follow this blog post which helped me –

Answered By: Raji

If you have both 2.7 and 3.x versions of python installed, then just rename the python exe file of python 3.x version to something like – “python.exe” to “python3.exe”. Now you can use pip for both versions individually. If you normally type “pip install ” it will consider the 2.7 version by default. If you want to install it on the 3.x version you need to call the command as “python3 -m pip install “.

Answered By: Bhaskar Bhuyan

For Python 3

sudo apt-get install python3-pip
sudo pip3 install beautifulsoup4

For Python 2

sudo apt-get install python2-pip
sudo pip2 install beautifulsoup4

On Debian/Ubuntu, pip is the command to use when installing packages
for Python 2, while pip3 is the command to use when installing
packages for Python 3.

Answered By: Gayan Weerakutti

As with any other python script, you may specify the python installation you’d like to run it with. You may put this in your shell profile to save the alias. The $1 refers to the first argument you pass to the script.

alias pip_install3="python3 -m $(which pip) install $1"
Answered By: RKelley

for python2 use:

py -2 -m pip install beautifulsoup4
Answered By: amalik2205

Have tried this on a Windows machine and it works

If you wanna install opencv for python version 3.7, heres how you do it!

py -3.7 -m pip install opencv-python
Answered By: Anurag Bhalekar

I’m using Ubuntu 22.04, which comes with python 3.10.4.

Some packages do not have recent pip packages, so I needed install from an older pip. This sequence worked for me.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3.9
sudo apt install python3.9-distutils
python3.9 -m pip install onnxruntime-gpu
Answered By: Homer6

I think the best practice here is not to use the system python or install any system python package (no apt install). That is just the way to trouble.

Instead, build the required Python version from source, get it installed in /usr/local/… . Then use pip to install packages for that. It is really not that hard to build Python from source on Ubuntu.

  1. sudo apt install build-essential
  2. download the source from
  3. unpack the file downloaded: tar xf <filename>
  4. cd <directory> – change into the directory created.
  5. ./configure
  6. make
  7. sudo make install

Then check /usr/local/bin for a pip script tied to that version. Use that to pip install whatever you need. Also find the particular executable for the python version in that directory. You might have to shuffle things a bit if you get lots of versions.

Again, do not mess with system python.

Answered By: Kevin Buchs
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