Pipenv: Command Not Found


I’m attempting to use pipenv. I ran the command pip install pipenv, which ran successfully:

Successfully built pipenv pathlib shutilwhich pythonz-bd virtualenv-clone
Installing collected packages: virtualenv, pathlib, shutilwhich, backports.shutil-get-terminal-size, pythonz-bd, virtualenv-clone, pew, first, six, click, pip-tools, certifi, chardet, idna, urllib3, requests, pipenv

However, when I run the command pipenv install in a fresh root project directory I receive the following message: -bash: pipenv: command not found. I suspect that I might need to modify my .bashrc, but I’m unclear about what to add to the file or if modification is even necessary.

Asked By: lgants



That happens because you are not installing it globally (system wide). For it to be available in your path you need to install it using sudo, like this:

$ sudo pip install pipenv
Answered By: dethos

If you’ve done a user installation, you’ll need to add the right folder to your PATH variable.

PYTHON_BIN_PATH="$(python3 -m site --user-base)/bin"

See pipenv’s installation instructions

Answered By: charlax

This fixed it for me:

sudo -H pip install -U pipenv
Answered By: tuan ly

You might consider installing pipenv via pipsi.

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mitsuhiko/pipsi/master/get -pipsi.py | python3
pipsi install pew
pipsi install pipenv

Unfortunately there are some issues with macOS + python3 at the time of writing, see 1, 2. In my case I had to change the bashprompt to #!/Users/einselbst/.local/venvs/pipsi/bin/python

Answered By: einSelbst


As @charlax answered (for me the best one), you can use a more dynamic command to set PATH, buuut for mac users this could not work, sometimes your USER_BASE path got from site is wrong, so you need to find out where your python installation is.

$ which python3

you’ll get a symlink, then you need to find the source’s symlink.

$ ls -la /usr/local/bin/python3.6
  lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  71 Mar 14 17:56 /usr/local/bin/python3.6 -> ../../../Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/bin/python3.6

(this ../../../ means root)

So you found the python path (/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/bin/python3.6), then you just need to put in you ~/.bashrc as follows:

export PATH="$PATH:/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.6/bin"

Answered By: Claudio Santos

I tried this:

python -m pipenv  # for python2

python3 -m pipenv # for python3

Why this works: In Bash and other Unix-like shell environments, the -m option is used to specify a module to be run as a script.

When you run a Python script using the python -m command, you are telling the Python interpreter to execute the script as if it were a top-level module, rather than as a script file. The python -m pipenv command tells the Python interpreter to run the pipenv module as a script. The pipenv module must be importable from the current working directory or from one of the directories in the PYTHONPATH environment variable.

Answered By: user9563571

I have same problem with pipenv on Mac OS X 10.13 High Seirra, another Mac works just fine. I use Heroku to deploy my Django servers, some in 2.7 and some in 3.6. So, I need both 2.7 and 3.6. When HomeBrew install Python, it keeps python points to original 2.7, and python3 points to 3.6.

The problem might due to $ pip install pipenv. I checked /usr/local/bin and pipenv isn’t there. So, I tried a full uninstall:

$ pip uninstall pipenv

Cannot uninstall requirement pipenv, not installed
You are using pip version 9.0.1, however version 10.0.1 is available.
You should consider upgrading via the 'pip install --upgrade pip' command.

$ pip3 uninstall pipenv
Skipping pipenv as it is not installed.

Then reinstall and works now:

$ pip3 install pipenv
Collecting pipenv
Answered By: John Pang

Installing pipenv globally can have an adverse effect by overwriting the global/system-managed pip installation, thus resulting in import errors when trying to run pip.

You can install pipenv at the user level:

pip install --user pipenv

This should install pipenv at a user-level in /home/username/.local so that it does not conflict with the global version of pip. In my case, that still did not work after running the ‘–user’ switch, so I ran the longer ‘fix what I screwed up’ command once to restore the system managed environment:

sudo python3 -m pip uninstall pip && sudo apt install python3-pip --reinstall

^ found here: Error after upgrading pip: cannot import name 'main'

and then did the following:

mkdir /home/username/.local … if it doesn’t already exist

export PYTHONUSERBASE=/home/username/.local

Make sure the export took effect (bit me once during this process):


Then, I ran the pip install --user pipenv and all was well. I could then run pipenv from the CLI and it did not overwrite the global/system-managed pip module. Of course, this is specific to the user so you want to make sure you install pipenv this way while working as the user you wish to use pipenv.


https://pipenv.readthedocs.io/en/latest/diagnose/#no-module-named-module-name https://pipenv.readthedocs.io/en/latest/install/#pragmatic-installation-of-pipenv https://pip.pypa.io/en/stable/user_guide/#user-installs

Answered By: NetRay

In some cases of old pip version:

sudo easy_install pip
sudo pip install pipenv
Answered By: prosti

For window users this may be due to conflicting installation with virtualenv. For me it worked when I uninstalled virtualenv and pipenv first, and then install only pipenv.

pip uninstall virtualenv
pip uninstall pipenv
pip install pipenv

Now pipenv install xxx worked for me

Answered By: akhila survi

Where Python store packages

Before jumping into the command that will install pipenv, it is worth understanding where pip installs Python packages.

Global site-packages is where Python installs packages that will be available to all users and all Python applications on the system. You can check the global site package with the command

python -m site

For example, on Linux with Python 3.7 the path is usually


User site-packages is where Python installs packages available only for you. But the packages will still be visible to all Python projects that you create. You can get the path with

python -m site --user-base

On Linux with Python 3.7 the path is usually


Using Python 3.x

On most Linux and other Unices, usually Python 2 and Python 3 is installed side-by-side. The default Python 3 executable is almost always python3. pip may be available as either of the following, depending on your Linux distribution



Avoid using pip with sudo! Yes, it’s the most convenient way to install Python packages and the executable is available at /usr/local/bin/pipenv, but it also mean that specific package is always visible for all users, and all Python projects that you create. Instead, use per-user site packages instead with --user

pip3 install --user pipenv

pipenv is available at



On macOS, Homebrew is the recommended way to install Python. You can easily upgrade Python, install multiple versions of Python and switch between versions using Homebrew.

If you are using Homebrew’ed Python, pip install --user is disabled. The global site-package is located at


and you can safely install Python packages here. Python 3.y also searches for modules in:



For legacy reasons, Python is installed in C:Python37. The Python executable is usually named py.exe, and you can run pip with py -m pip.

Global site packages is installed in


Since you don’t usually share your Windows devices, it is also OK to install a package globally

py -m pip install pipenv

pipenv is now available at


I don’t recommend install Python packages in Windows with --user, because the default user site-package directory is in your Windows roaming profile


The roaming profile is used in Terminal Services (Remote Desktop, Citrix, etc) and when you log on / off in a corporate environment. Slow login, logoff and reboot in Windows can be caused by a large roaming profile.

Answered By: Hanxue

After installing pipenv (sudo pip install pipenv), I kept getting the “Command Not Found” error when attempting to run the pipenv shell command.

I finally fixed it with the following code:

pip3 install pipenv
pipenv shell
Answered By: podenborg

On Mac OS X Catalina it appears to follow the Linux path. Using any of:

pip install pipenv
pip3 install pipenv
sudo pip install pipenv
sudo pip3 install pipenv

Essentially installs pipenv here:


But its not the executable and so is never found. The only thing that worked for me was

pip install --user pipenv

This seems to result in an __init__.py file in the above directory that has contents to correctly expose the pipenv command.

and everything started working, when all other posted and commented suggestions on this question failed.

The pipenv package certainly seems quite picky.

Answered By: Michael Coxon


Pipenv with Python3 needs to be run as "$ python -m pipenv [command]" or "$ python3 -m pipenv [command]"; the "python" command at the beginning varies based on how you activate Python in your shell. To fix and set to "$ pipenv [command]": [example in Git Bash]

$ cd ~
$ code .bash_profile

The first line is necessary as it allows you to access the .bash_profile file. The second line opens .bash_profile in VSCode, so insert your default code editor’s command.
At this point you’ll want to (in .bash_profile) edit the file, adding this line of code:

alias pipenv='python -m pipenv'

Then save the file and into Git Bash, enter:

$ source .bash_profile

You can then use pipenv as a command anywhere, for example:
$ pipenv shell
Will work.

This method of usage will work for creating commands in Git Bash. For example:

alias python='winpty python.exe'

entered into the .bash_profile and:
$ source .bash_profile
will allow Python to be run as "python".

You’re welcome.

Answered By: Peter Nielsen

I don’t know what happened, but the following did the work (under mac os catalina)

$ brew install pipenv

$ brew update pipenv

after doing this i am able to use

$ pipenv install [package_name]
Answered By: Fen

OS : Linux
Pip version : pip3
sudo -H pip3 install -U pipenv

OS : Windows
Pip version : any one
sudo -H pip install -U pipenv

I’m using zsh on my Mac, what worked for me is at first install pipenv

pip3 install --user pipenv

Then I changed the PATH in the ~/.zshrc

vi ~/.zshrc

In the editor press i to insert your text:

export PATH="/Users/yourUser/Library/Python/3.9/bin:$PATH"

Press esc and then write :wq!
Close the terminal and re-open it.
And finally write pipenv

This way worked for me using macOS BigSur 11.1

Answered By: eduairet

For me, what worked on Windows was running Command Prompt as administrator and then installing pipenv globally: python -m pip install pipenv.

Answered By: Nilo nilold

For thse who installed it using sudo pip3 install pipenv, you need to use python3 -m pipenv shell or python3.9 -m pipenv shell

Answered By: Ali Husham

On Mac you may have to do:

pip3 install pipenv

Then, cd into your root directory to locate the .zshrc file.

Then add this to path

export PATH=/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.9/bin:$PATH

Note: 3.9 is the version of Python running on your system.
Note: You can access the .zshrc by using cmd + shift + .
in your root directory… the file is hidden by default

Save and restart your terminal

Answered By: Shola Solomon

Here is how I successfully resolved "Pipenv: Command Not Found" on my Mac OSX

  1. You should change the ownership of these directories to your user.

    sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/share

  2. make sure that your user has write permission.

    chmod u+w /usr/local/share

  3. Then Consider installing with Homebrew:

    brew update
    brew install pyenv

Answered By: eliarms

Fixed this easily by installing pipenv with my central package manager (apt)

sudo apt install pipenv

You could easily install pipenv using your package manager (apt, yum, brew) and it adds it directly to your $PATH variables.

More to mention is it works on zsh. I use zsh on Ubuntu and tried adding pipenv to $PATH and other solutions but didn’t work till I used apt to install it.

Answered By: Atehe

If you are on MAC

sudo -H pip3 install pipenv

Answered By: Shafeekh Jasmine

This simply solved it for me if you are on windows.

pip install pipenv

Second, replace your <username> in the following paths and add them to the PATH environment variable:


You need to close the Command Prompt and reopen it.
Third, type the following command to check if the pipenv installed correctly:

pipenv -h

I hope this helps you too!

Answered By: Will Gabriel

First check if pipenv is installed:

pipenv --version

If no version is available on your system, then run the following command to install pipenv

sudo aptitude install pipenv 
Answered By: codePractice
  1. first install pip using following command
   pip3 install pipenv 
  1. Now check whether pipenv is showing by using following command
    pipenv --version if you see like command not found: pipenv use following commands

  2. Now we have to set the path for pipenv, to do that first we have to find the user base binary directory,

On linux and Mac we can do it as following

   python3 -m site --user-base

this command will display something like this


use the path displayed in your terminal and append /bin at the end, now your path looks like this


now you have to set the path, if you are using zsh (z shell) type nano ~/.zshrc in the terminal or if you are using code editor like VSCode and path is set for VScode type code ~/.zshrc
if you are using bash use nano ~/.bashrc or code ~/.bashrc

in the file at last add following line

    export PATH="$PATH:/somedirectory/Python/3.9/bin"

save the file and exit the terminal
now open new terminal and type pipenv --version you should see something like pipenv, version 2022.10.25

on Windows we can do as following

    python -m site --user-site

you should see something like


now replace site-packages with Scripts.
this could return


You can set your user PATH permanently in the Control Panel. You may need to log out for the PATH changes to take effect.

Answered By: fire_demesne

It’s probably installed in your user path.

for instance, if your user(username) is tom check this path


if pipenv exists in the path you can move or copy it to the general user path, so you can execute pipenv from all terminal sessions.

cp /home/tom/.local/bin/pipenv /usr/bin/

then you should be able to run pipenv

In this case you just need to add the binary path to your bash. In case you’re using ZSH for example you need to edit the.zshrc file as an admind and then add the code mentioned by @charlax on the comments above:

PYTHON_BIN_PATH="$(python3 -m site --user-base)/bin"
Answered By: Jesus Quevedo
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