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How to Install iPython on MacOS?

  • 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.

Installation:

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 setup.py to install iPython 

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

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

curl https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/46/80/3942535e9c1025d4b379c447a0606bfbe140b25dc331d34910cf2f5e76c0/ipython-7.27.0.tar.gz > 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 setup.py install

installing iPython on macOS using the setup.py file

Verifying iPython installation on macOS:

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

ipython

Verifying iPython installation on macOS

If there is any error then is not installed properly.

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