What is pip?
pip is the standard package manager for Python. We can use
pip to install additional packages that are not available in the Python standard library. For example,
pip install numpy
If we had installed
pip on our system, this command would have installed the
How to install pip?
pip comes pre-installed on the Python versions 3.4 or older. We can check if
pip is installed by using the following command in the console:
pip is already available in the system, the respective
pip version is displayed, like:
pip 19.3.1 from C:\Python37\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.7)
If we are using an older version of Python or do not have
pip installed for some other reason, follow the steps as described in this link: pip installation
pip is a command-line program. After its installation, a
pip command is added which can be used with the command prompt.
The basic syntax of pip is:
pip <pip arguments>
Installing Packages with pip
Apart from the standard Python library, the Python community contributes to an extensive number of packages tailored for various development frameworks, tools, and libraries.
Most of these packages are officially hosted and published to the Python Package Index(PyPI).
pip allows us to download and install these packages.
Basic Package Installation
install command used to install packages using
pip. Let's take an example:
Suppose we want to install
requests, a popular HTTP library for Python. We can do it with the help of the following command.
pip install requests
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Here, we can see that the
pip has been used with the
install command followed by the name of the package we want to install (
All other dependencies like
certifi required for this package are also installed by
Specifying Package Version
install is used in its minimal form,
pip downloads the most recent version of the package.
Sometimes, only a specific version is compatible with other programs. So, we can define the version of the package in the following way:
pip install requests==2.21.0
Here, we have installed the 2.11.0 version of the
Listing Installed Packages with pip
pip list command can be used to list all the available packages in the current Python environment.
Package Version ---------- ---------- certifi 2019.11.28 chardet 3.0.4 idna 2.8 pip 19.3.1 requests 2.22.0 setuptools 45.0.0 urllib3 1.25.7 wheel 0.33.6
Package Information with pip show
pip show command displays information about one or more installed packages. Let's look at an example:
pip show requests
Name: requests Version: 2.22.0 Summary: Python HTTP for Humans. Home-page: http://python-requests.org Author: Kenneth Reitz Author-email: firstname.lastname@example.org License: Apache 2.0 Location: c:\users\dell\desktop\venv\lib\site-packages Requires: certifi, chardet, urllib3, idna Required-by:
show command displays information about the
requests library. Notice the Requires and Required-by column in the above output.
Requires column shows which dependencies the
requests library requires. And, Required-by column shows the packages that require
Uninstalling a Package with pip
We can uninstall a package by using
pip with the
pip uninstall command.
Suppose we want to remove the
requests library from our current Python environment. We can do it in the following way:
pip uninstall requests
Uninstalling requests-2.22.0: Would remove: C:\Python37\lib\site-packages\requests-2.22.0.dist-info\* C:\Python37\lib\site-packages\requests\* Proceed (y/n)? y Successfully uninstalled requests-2.22.0
As we can see, the
requests package is removed after the final prompt.
Note: Even though the specified package is removed, the packages that were installed as dependencies are not removed. In this case, the dependencies (
certifi) of the
requests library aren't uninstalled.
If we need to remove the dependencies of a package as well, we can use the
pip show command to view installed packages and remove them manually.
Using Requirement Files
A file containing all the package names can also be used to install Python packages in batches.
Let's take a look at an example:
Suppose we have a file requirements.txt which has the following entries:
numpy Pillow pygame
We can install all these packages and their dependencies by using a single command in
pip install -r requirements.txt
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Here, we have used the same
install command with
However, the additional argument
pip that we are passing a requirements file rather than a package name.
Creating Requirements File
As an alternative to manually creating the requirements file,
pip offers the
freeze command. Let's look at how to use this command.
Suppose our current Python environment has the following packages. It can be displayed using
Package Version ---------- ------- numpy 1.17.0 Pillow 6.1.0 pip 19.3.1 pygame 1.9.6 setuptools 45.0.0 wheel 0.33.6
The packages that don't come preinstalled will Python are listed using the
numpy==1.17.0 Pillow==6.1.0 pygame==1.9.6
pip freeze command displays the packages and their version in the format of the requirements file.
So this output can be redirected to create a requirements file using the following command:
pip freeze > requirements.txt
A new requirements.txt file is created in the working directory. It can later be used in other Python environments to install specific versions of packages.
Search packages in pip
search command is used to search for packages in the command prompt. Let's look at an example:
pip search pygame
pygame-anisprite (1.0.0) - Animated sprites for PyGame! pygame-ai (0.1.2) - Videogame AI package for PyGame pygame-engine (0.0.6) - Simple pygame game engine. pygame-assets (0.1) - Assets manager for Pygame apps pygame-gui (0.4.2) - A GUI module for pygame 2 pygame-spritesheet (0.2.0) - Python pygame extension that provides SpriteSheet class. pygame-minesweeper (1.0) - Minesweeper game implemented in python using pygame pygame-menu (2.1.0) - A menu for pygame, simple, lightweight and easy to use pygame-plot (0.1) - Quick visualization of data using pygame with a matplotlib style pygame (1.9.6) - Python Game Development ...
Here, we have searched for a library called
pygame. All other packages that match the keyword are displayed. This command is helpful for finding related packages.
To learn more about
pip, visit: Python pip (official documentation)