Mac Os For Python


Python for Mac OS X. Python comes pre-installed on Mac OS X so it is easy to start using. However, to take advantage of the latest versions of Python, you will need to download and install newer versions alongside the system ones. The easiest way to do that is to install one of the binary installers for OS X from the Python Download page. So before installing Python packages with Homebrew, the default Python is installed in /usr/bin which is shipped with your macOS (e.g. Python 2.7.10 on High Sierra). Any versions found in /usr/local (such as /usr/local/bin ) are provided by external packages.

Mac Os For Python

Appleā€™s Mac OS comes with python 2.7 installed by default. Perhaps you may want to use python 3.x.x on your machine and also use pip for package management with python 3.x.x. The easiest way to achieve this is by:


NOTE: This tutorial does not useVirtual Environments like virtualenv or pyenv to manage various python versions

1. Installing python3

  • Follow this link and download the latest python3OS X package
  • Run the package and follow the steps to install python3 on your computer.
  • Once the installation is done, on your Terminal, run

This will print out the version of python installed on your system. The output should be similar to:

You may verify the installation directory of python by runningthe following line on the Terminal.

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The prompt should print the install path for python3. An example output is:

2. Install pip3:

  • Securely download the file from this link
  • From the directory where the file was downloaded to, run the following command in the Terminal

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  • Once the installation completes you should see the prompt print message similar to this
  • Verify the installation of pip3 by running the following on the Terminal

This should return the install location of pip3.

  • To install python3 packages using pip3, run

Remember to replace packageName with the appropriate package name for your case.

Happy Pythoning!

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