Mac OS X

sudo easy_install pip



Python & OS Support

pip works with CPython versions 2.6, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and also pypy.

pip works on Unix/Linux, OS X, and Windows.


Python 2.5 was supported through v1.3.1, and Python 2.4 was supported through v1.1.

pip included with Python Python 2.7.9 and later (on the python2 series), and Python 3.4 and later include pip by default 1, so you may have pip already.

Install pip

To install pip, securely download 2

Then run the following (which may require administrator access):


If setuptools (or distribute) is not already installed, will install setuptools for you. 3

To upgrade an existing setuptools (or distribute), run pip install -U setuptools. 4

Additionally, supports using the pip install options and the general options. Below are some examples:

Install from local copies of pip and setuptools:

python --no-index --find-links=/local/copies

Install to the user site 5:

python --user

Install behind a proxy:

python --proxy="[user:passwd@]proxy.server:port"

Upgrade pip On Linux or OS X:

pip install -U pip On Windows 6:

python -m pip install -U pip

Using OS Package Managers On Linux, pip will generally be available for the system install of python using the system package manager, although often the latest version will be unavailable.

On Debian and Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install python-pip

On Fedora:

sudo yum install python-pip


  2. “Secure” in this context means using a modern browser or a tool like curl that verifies SSL certificates when downloading from https URLs. 

  3. Beginning with pip v1.5.1, stopped requiring setuptools to be installed first. 

  4. Although using pip install –upgrade setuptools to upgrade from distribute to setuptools works in isolation, it’s possible to get “ImportError: No module named setuptools” when using pip<1.4 to upgrade a package that depends on setuptools or distribute. See here for details. 

  5. The pip developers are considering making –user the default for all installs, including installs of pip, but at this time, –user installs for pip itself, should not be considered to be fully tested or endorsed. For discussion, see Issue 1668.