Do I need to install pip?
pip is already installed if you are using Python 2 >=2.7.9 or Python 3 >=3.4 downloaded from or if you are working in a Virtual Environment created by virtualenv or pyvenv. Just make sure to upgrade pip.

Installing with
To install pip, securely 1 download by following this link: Alternatively, use curl:

curl -o
Then run the following command in the folder where you have downloaded

Warning Be cautious if you are using a Python install that is managed by your operating system or another package manager. does not coordinate with those tools, and may leave your system in an inconsistent state. also installs setuptools 2 and wheel if they are not already. setuptools is required to install source distributions. Both are required in order to build a Wheel Cache (which improves installation speed), although neither are required to install pre-built wheels.

Note The script is supported on the same python version as pip. For the now unsupported Python 2.6, alternate script is available here. options
If set, do not attempt to install setuptools

If set, do not attempt to install wheel allows 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 3:

python –user
Install behind a proxy:

python –proxy=”http://[user:passwd@]proxy.server:port” can also be used to install a specified combination of pip, setuptools, and wheel using the same requirements syntax as pip:

python pip==9.0.2 wheel==0.30.0 setuptools==28.8.0
Using Linux Package Managers
See Installing pip/setuptools/wheel with Linux Package Managers in the Python Packaging User Guide.

Upgrading pip
On Linux or macOS:

pip install -U pip
On Windows 4:

python -m pip install -U pip
Python and OS Compatibility
pip works with CPython versions 2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and also PyPy.

This means pip works on the latest patch version of each of these minor versions. Previous patch versions are supported on a best effort approach.

pip works on Unix/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

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

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

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.