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Install Python On Ubuntu

Install Python on Ubuntu#

In 2015, I suggested this:

sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev

Now I think it is probably better to install python from source on ubuntu

It is best to install from source.

The Correct Way#

  1. Install expected system C packages and libraries

    sudo apt install software-properties-common build-essential \ libreadline-gplv2-dev libncursesw5-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev \ tk-dev libgdbm-dev libc6-dev libbz2-dev libncurses-dev libgdbm-dev \ libpcap-dev libexpat1-dev libffi-dev liblzma-dev libgdbm-compat-dev

  2. Go to Python Downloads

  3. Download the source tarball and unzip

    cd /opt wget tar xzf Python-3.10.5.tar.xz

  4. Follow instructions in the README.rst

    ./configure make sudo make install # or: sudo make altinstall

  5. Python should now be on your path as: