How To Install Pip On Ubuntu 20.04


Pip stands for Pip Installs Packages, a package management system similar that allows you to install and manage software packages written in Python. Pip installs packages listed in the PyPI (Python Package Index).

Pip is not installed on Ubuntu 20.04 by default.

In this post, we will see how to install Pip for Python 3 on Ubuntu 20.04. Apart from the pip installation, we will also see how to manage Python packages with pip.


You must be logged into a system as the root user or a user with sudo privileges.

Install Pip for Python 3

Python 3 is installed by default in Ubuntu 20.04. Use the command below to verify it.

python3 --version

Python 3.8.2

The above output confirms that your system has Python 3.

We will now install the python3-pip package that will provide pip for Python3.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y python3-pip

Once the pip installation is complete, verify the installation by checking its version.

pip3 --version

pip 20.0.2 from /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip (python 3.8)

The above output confirms that the pip for Python 3 is successfully installed.

How to Use Pip

We will go through some basics of how to use pip commands.

Install Packages Using Pip

To install a package using Pip, you can use the below command.

pip3 install PACKAGE_NAME

For example, to install the latest version of the package called IPython, use the below command.

IPython is a powerful interactive Python shell.

pip3 install IPython

To install a specific version of the IPython, you can run the below command.

pip3 install IPython==6.0

List Installed Pip Packages

To list the installed Python packages, use the below command.

pip3 list

.       .       .

httplib2 (0.9.2)
idna (2.6)
ipython (7.5.0)
ipython-genutils (0.2.0)
jedi (0.13.3)
keyring (10.6.0)

.      .       .

Upgrade Package Using Pip

To upgrade a package to the latest version, use the below command.

pip3 install --upgrade IPython

Remove Package Using Pip

To remove a Python package, you can use the below command.

pip3 uninstall IPython

Search Packages using Pip

Pip’s search functionality lets you find packages name in the terminal. This command will get the packages list from the PyPI (Python Package Index).

pip3 search google

google (2.0.2) - Python bindings to the Google search engine.
oauthkit-google (0.1.2) - OAuthKit for Google
bits-google (1.8.6) - BITS Google
google-gax (0.16.0) - Google API Extensions
google-finance (0.1.0) - Google Finance API
google-oauth (1.0.1) - OAuth2 for Google APIs
google-auth (1.6.3) - Google Authentication Library

.     .     .


That’s All. I hope you have learned how to install Pip on Ubuntu 20.04 and manage Python packages using pip. You can visit Pip’s user guide page to learn more about pip.

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