How To Install Pip In Windows?

Python provides the pip as a package manager in order to search, install, update and remove the 3rd party Python packages. The name pip comes from the Pip Installs Packages . The Windows Python installer installs the pip command by default for the recent versions. But older versions of the Python installer do not install the pip command. In this tutorial, we examine how to install the pip explicitly by using different methods for Windows operating systems.

Check Python Installation

Before trying to install the pip command we can check if the pip command is already installed. As stated previously the pip command is installed with the recent versions of the Python automatically and there is no need to install it explicitly. The following command is executed in the MS-DOS command prompt but alternatively, the PowerShell can be also used without problem.

> pip

The ‘pip’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. message simply means the pip command can be found and executed.

Download get-pip.py File

The pip command installation can be done by using the get-pip.py file. The get-pip.py file contains the pip installation script. The get-pip.py file is provided by the pypa.io web page. It can be downloaded in different ways you can use the following link in order to Save as via web browser.

https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py

Install Pip with get-pip.py File

The installation is very easy where the get-pip.py file is executed as a python script like below. This starts the installation of the pip command and related tools.

> python get-pip.py

When the installation is completed successfully we will see an output like below.

Successfully installed pip-22.1.1

Configure Environment Variables

After installing the pip command we should configure the environment variables in order to access the pip command from anywhere. By default, the pip executable can be only accessed via its installed directory, but we want to call it from different paths without a problem directly calling the pip . The environment variables can be opened by typing environment variables in the Start Menu.

environment variables
Open Environment Variables

The system properties window is listed below. In this system properties click to the Environment Variables .

We will change the Path environment variable so we click to the Path and then click to the Edit button like below.

Open Path Environment Variable

In order to add new path click to the New like below.

Add New Path Variable

Add the following path or file to the created line and then save by clicking OK button.

%HOME%\pip\pip.ini

After completing the installation of the pip we can check the pip command version. The --version option is provided to the pip command like below.

> pip --version
pip 21.2.4 from C:\Users\ismail\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python310\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.10)

From the output, we can see that the installed pip version is 21.2.4.

Update Pip Command

The pip command is also provided as a package and it is updated regularly as a package. So we can use the pip command in order to update itself.

> pip install --upgrade pip

Search Python Package

The search option can be used to search Python packages or modules with the pip command.

> pip serch django

Install Python Package

A python package can be installed with the install option like below.

> pip install django
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