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Updating PIP for Python

Updating PIP for Python

PIP is a necessary component for python to function in different systems. It doesn't matter if it's Windows or Linux. The main thing is that it works properly and the current version is maintained, because otherwise there may be any problems.

From time to time, it is necessary to check that the latest release is installed - this way you can ensure that Python is as healthy as possible for writing this or that code. However, not everyone understands how to do this. In view of this, you will have to understand this material.

How do I update PIP for Python?


In total, there are 2 types of solution to the problem when an outdated version of PIP does not allow the programming language to function normally. You need to keep up and running from time to time, but sometimes you just need to check which version is installed on the PC and whether an update is required at all. Fortunately, it's easy to verify.


In order to find out which version is installed on the PC, it is enough just to use one command. It does not matter where it is entered - in the macOS/Linux Terminal or in Windows. It is enough to open the system code tool and enter one simple command:


python –version

After this, a message will be displayed about which version is currently used on the PC. There may be several variants of the team, but it does not matter in the result – the meaning will be the same. Consequently, the user will receive enough information to determine whether a new version is needed or not.

However, it is worth looking at the official website - are there new releases or is the one on the PC still stable?. If the first option is correct, then it is worth starting to download new software that will not cause difficulties for either beginners or experienced ones.

Method 1: Download a new version of Python


The easiest way may be to install a new version of the program from the official website of the developer (but you can use any other reliable source, although it is recommended to trust only the creator of Python).

There will be no difficulties here. And everything is due to the fact that you do not even need to uninstall the old version of the application. You can simply download the installer, and then put the updated Python on top of the existing one.

The algorithm is divided into the following steps:

  1. First, as always, you need to go to the developer's website, where Python releases are published. Among all the options available, you need to find your own. They are divided into Windows, Linux, macOS - it will not be difficult to decide on the system. However, it is necessary to take into account the version of the OS, as well as the bit depth, so as not to make a mistake;
  2. When you find your own version and a suitable release, you can click on the file name to get the latest version (or most current) Python package for yourself. The format can vary – it can be .dmg, .exe or another. This setting depends on the operating system, but all further steps are approximately the same;
  3. After downloading, you need to open the installation file. For example, if you open .exe, you should immediately check the box "AddPython<version>toPATH"." Thus, there should be no problems with the further use of the language;
  4. And then everything is according to the standard. The necessary parameters are specified (including an important parameter - PIP, which is what you need to do) and so on. It is better not to change the directory, but to leave the one that is by default. So it is possible to get the least number of errors later. When it's all over, the user will receive an updated version of the PIP packages, thanks to which everything will work more stable and modern.

Method 2: Manually update PIP


Manually updating PIP is a difficult process, but you can use it to get to know the Python programming environment better, because the user will have to use specialized libraries and edit system files. Some people will like it, and therefore it is worth considering this method.

However, you should be prepared that the order of actions will not be small, as in the previous version with the installation of a new version:

  1. First you need to go to the page to install PIP. It is difficult to find it, because, here is the link - "";
  2. After the transition is made, you need to select your version of the component. When the button is pressed on it, the user must highlight the "". After that, the source code will appear, which you want to save in a text document (it is desirable to use the standard "Notepad";
  3. Next, you need to go to the document properties, copy the address of its location on the disk, and then open the Command Prompt. After writing the cd command, the user must insert text;
  4. After going to the desired directory, you need to open the file:
  5. Next, the installation process will begin. The user doesn't need to do anything – he just watches how the PIP component for Python is updated. When you can enter a new command (a directory has appeared), you can close the command line.

However, there are times when python environment variables are not set by the user after the PIP update. Therefore, you will have to resort to another small algorithm:

  1. First, you need to go to the properties of the computer, and then go to the "Advanced System Settings". There you will have to go a little deeper into the settings;
  2. Next, in the window that opens, you need to click on the "Advanced" and "Environment Variables" tab. The required operation will take place in them;
  3. At the bottom there will be a "Create" button, under the inscription "System Variables". Users will need to enter a special address code to get the desired result. It will be:

    C:\PythonNo\Lib; C:\PythonNo\DLLs; C:\PythonNo\Lib\lib-tk; C:\other-foolder-on-the-path

After that, the PIP component will be updated. But still, you can use any method. The only difference is that one of them is simple, and the other will require some skill and understanding of what is happening. And if you act according to the instructions - everything will be in order with the software and the language will function correctly.