How to Install PIP on Ubuntu 22.04 | Step-by-Step

May 25th, 2023
How to Install PIP on Ubuntu 22.04 | Step-by-Step

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through how to install pip on Ubuntu 22.04. In addition, you will also learn how to install and uninstall Python packages using pip, as well as how to upgrade it to the latest version.

What is PIP?

PIP, a recursive acronym for Pip Install Packages, is the standard package manager for Python. It uses the Python Package Index (PyPI) as the default software repository for installing Python packages.

PIP automates the installation of Python packages while handling dependencies. This eliminates the need for manual installation and ensures all dependencies required by the package are met. In addition, you can perform other operations such as listing, upgrading, and removing packages.


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Step 1: Confirm if Python is Installed

The first step is to ensure that Python is installed on your system. Thankfully, Ubuntu 22.04 provides Python 3.10 out of the box. You can confirm this by running the following command:

python3 -V


python3  --version

The output below confirms that we have Python already installed.

python3 --version

If Python is missing from your system, install it using the following commands.

sudo apt update
 sudo apt install python3 -y

Step 2: Install PIP on Ubuntu 22.04

By default, pip is not installed. In fact, you run into an error when you try to install a Python package as shown here below.

pip3  install numpy

pip3 install numpy

To install the latest version of pip, run the following command:

sudo apt install python3-pip -y

This installs pip3 alongside other additional packages, libraries, and dependencies.

Install pip3

Step 3: Verify the Installation of PIP

Once the installation is complete, verify that PIP is installed using the following command.

pip3  -V


pip3  --version

pip3 --version

Additionally, you can verify the path of the executable file associated with the pip utility.

which pip3

which pip3

To get started with pip, you can list all the available options that are available using the package manager as shown.

 pip3  --help

The output displays all the command-line options that can be used using pip.

pip3 --help

You can narrow it down to a specific command option. For example, run the following command to display options associated with pip3 install.

 pip3  install --help

pip3 install --help

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How to Install and Manage Packages Using PIP

So far, we have successfully managed to install pip. To add the icing to the cake, we will go a step further and demonstrate how to use the pip package manager to install and manage installed packages.

To install a package, use the following syntax:

pip3  install package_name

For example, to install pandas, an open source Python library widely used in Data Science and Machine Learning, run the command:

pip3 install pandas

Additionally, you can install multiple packages in a single command. The following command installs pandas and matplotlib Python libraries.

pip3  install matplotlib pandas

pip3 install matplotlib pandas

To list installed Python packages, run the command:

pip3  list

The command lists all the installed Python packages. However, if you want to check if a specific package is installed, pipe the output to the grep command.

Here, we are checking for the existence of pandas and matplotlib Python packages on our system.

pip3  list | grep -i pandas
pip3  list | grep -i matplotlib

pip3 list | grep -i matplotlib

To display information about a specific package, use the syntax:

pip3  show package_name

For example, to probe for information about the pandas package, run:

pip3  show pandas

The output provides information such as the name, version, author, and a brief summary of the package among other details.

pip3 show pandas

To upgrade a Python package to its latest version, invoke the --upgrade or -U option.

pip3 install --upgrade package-name
pip3 install -U package-name

For example, to update the matplotlib package, run the command:

pip3 install --upgrade matplotlib

If the package is already in its latest version, no change will be affected.

pip3 install --upgrade matplotlib

To upgrade pip itself to its latest version, run the command:

pip3 install --upgrade pip

pip3 install --upgrade pip

To remove or uninstall a package, use the syntax.

pip3 uninstall package-name

For example, to remove Pandas, run the command:

pip3 uninstall pandas

pip3 uninstall pandas


In this tutorial, we have demonstrated how to install pip on Ubuntu 22.04. In addition, we have gone the extra mile to show you how to use pip to install and manage already installed Python packages.

Winnie is a seasoned Linux Systems administrator, currently specializing in writing technical Linux tutorials. With over seven years of experience in deploying and working with major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL, OpenSUSE, and ArchLinux, she has written detailed and well-written "How to" Linux guides and tutorials. Winnie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Masinde Muliro University, Kenya and resides in Nairobi, Kenya. She is an expert in authoring Linux and DevOps topics involving Docker, Ansible, and Kubernetes. She currently works as a freelance technical writer and consultant. In her previous roles, she worked in the capacity of an IT support specialist and Linux administrator. Her key roles included offering level 1 and 2 support to both in-house and remote staff and managing and monitoring Linux servers.

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