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How to Install iPython on MacOS?

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  • Last Updated : 21 Sep, 2021

In this article, we will learn how to install iPython in Python on MacOS.

IPython is a command shell for interactive computing in multiple programming languages, originally developed for the Python programming language, that offers introspection, rich media, shell syntax, tab completion, and history.


Method 1: Using pip to install iPython

Follow the below steps to install the iPython package on macOS using pip:

Step 1: Install the latest Python3 in MacOS

Step 2: Check if pip3 and python3 are correctly installed.

python3 --version
pip3 --version

checking python and pip version in macos

Step 3: Upgrade your pip to avoid errors during installation.

pip3 install --upgrade pip

upgrading pip in macos

Step 4: Enter the following command to install iPython using pip3.

pip3 install ipython 

installing ipython package on macOS using pip

Method 2: Using to install iPython 

Follow the below steps to install iPython package on macOS using the file:

Step 1: Download the latest source package of iPython for python3 from here.

curl > ipython.tar.gz

downloading the source package for iPython in macos

Step 2: Extract the downloaded package using the following command.

tar -xzvf ipython.tar.gz

extracting the ipython.tar.gz file in macos

Step 3: Go inside the folder and Enter the following command to install the package.

Note: You must have developer tools for XCode MacOS installed in your system

cd ipython-7.27.0
python3 install

installing iPython on macOS using the file

Verifying iPython installation on macOS:

Enter ipython in the terminal to verify if the installation has been done properly:


Verifying iPython installation on macOS

If there is any error then is not installed properly.

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