How to Install PIP on Windows

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One of the best tools to install and manage Python packages is called Pip. Pip has earned its fame by the number of applications using this tool. Used for its capabilities in handling binary packages over the easily installed package manager, Pip enables 3rd party package installations. Though the newest versions of Python come with pip installed as a default, this tutorial will show how to install Pip, check its version, and show some basic commands for its use. Watch the video below or review the following article for additional instructions.

What is Python?

Python is an open-source programming language that allows you to run applications and plugins from a wide variety of 3rd party sources (or even applications you develop yourself) on your server. Python is cross-platform, meaning that you can run it on a number of different operating systems, including Windows VPS Server.

Preflight Check

Before you can install Pip on your server, you’ll need to confirm that Python is installed.

The simplest way to test for a Python installation on your Windows server is to open a command prompt (click on the Windows icon and type cmd, then click on the command prompt icon). Once a command prompt window opens, type python and press Enter. If Python is installed correctly, you should see output similar to what is shown below:

Python 3.7.0 (v3.7.0:1bf9cc5093, Jun 27 2018, 04:59:51) [MSC v.1914 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32
 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

If you receive a message like:

Python is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Python is either not installed or the system variable path hasn’t been set. You’ll need to either launch Python from the folder in which it is installed or adjust your system variables to allow Python to be launched from any location. For more information about installing and using Python, see our article on how to install python on windows.

Installing Pip

Once you’ve confirmed that Python is correctly installed, you can proceed with installing Pip.

  1. Download get-pip.py to a folder on your computer.
  2. Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder containing the get-pip.py installer.
  3. Run the following command:
python get-pip.py

Pip is now installed!

We can verify that Pip was installed correctly by opening a command prompt and entering the following command:

pip -V

You should see output similar to the following:

pip 18.0 from c:\users\administrator\appdata\local\programs\python\python37\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.7)

Now that Pip is installed and configured, you can begin using it to manage your Python packages. For a brief overview of the available commands and syntax for Pip, open a command prompt and enter:

pip help

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Author Bio

About the Author: David Richards

David Richards has been an educator, a technology director, and now a Windows administrator for 20+ years. He’s an English major with a love for technology and helping others find ways to use technology more effectively. In his free time, Dave loves to read, play games, and spend time his family.

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