In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Python 3.7 on Debian 9 Stretch. For those of you who didn’t know, Python is an open-source and beginner-friendly programming language. Python 3.7 is the latest major release of the Python language, and it includes many new features such as postponed evaluation of type annotations, support for data classes and context variables, customization of access to module attributes, and more.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Python 3 on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 9 (Stretch).
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install Python 3.7 on Debian 9 Stretch
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Python 3.7 on Debian 9.
Now we download Python using the following command from the python official site:
cd /usr/src wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.2/Python-3.7.2.tgz sudo tar xzf Python-3.7.2.tgz
Next, compile Python source code on your system:
cd Python-3.7.2 sudo ./configure --enable-optimizations sudo make altinstall
Once the process is complete, check the version of Python 3:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Python. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Python 3 on your Debian 9 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Python website.