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How to Install Packages in Python on MacOS?

  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 16 Oct, 2021

To get started with using pip, you should install Python on your system. Make sure that you have a working pip.

Installing Packages in Python on MacOS:

Follow the below steps to install python packages on MacOS:

Step 1: As the first step, you should check that you have a working Python with pip installed. This can be done by running the following commands and the output will be similar to like this:

$ python --version
Python 3.N.N
$ python -m pip --version
pip X.Y.Z from ... (python 3.N.N

If the output looks like this, You have a working pip in your environment.

Installing Packages in Python on MacOS:



If your output doesn’t look like this then refer to this pip document.  It provides guidance on how to install pip within a Python environment that doesn’t have it.

Installing a package

Step 2: To install a package, run the following commands in the terminal:

python -m pip install SomePackage            # latest version
python -m pip install SomePackage==1.0.4     # specific version
python -m pip install 'SomePackage>=1.0.4'     # minimum version

Note: replace the SomePackage with the package name which you want to install.

By default, pip will fetch packages from Python Package Index, a repository of software for the Python programming language where anyone can upload packages.

Installing a package from Github

Run the following commands:

$ python -m pip install git+https://github.com/pypa/SomePackage.git@main
[...]
Successfully installed SomePackage

Installing a package from Github

Upgrade a package:

Use the below command to upgrade an installed package:

$ python -m pip install --upgrade SomePackage
Uninstalling SomePackage:
  [...]
Proceed (y/n)? y
Successfully uninstalled SomePackage

Uninstalling Packages

To uninstall a Python package use the below command:

python -m pip uninstall SomePackage

Note: replace the SomePackage with the package name which you want to install.

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