How To Install Python on CentOS 8

Install Python on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Python on CentOS 8. Python is an open-source and beginner-friendly programming language. Python 3.8 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 on a CentOS 8 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • 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).
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Python on CentOS.

  • Install Python 3

Run the following command to install Python 3:

sudo dnf install python3

To verify the installation, check the Python version by typing:

$ python3 --version
Python 3.6.8
  • Install Python 2

Run the following command to install Python 2:

sudo dnf install python2

Verify the installation:

$ python2 --version
Python 2.7.15

Step 3. Set Default Python Version.

To set Python 3 as the system-wide unversioned python command, use the alternatives utility:

sudo alternatives --set python /usr/bin/python3

To set Python 2 as the system-wide unversioned python command, use the alternatives utility:

sudo alternatives --set python /usr/bin/python2

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Python. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Python on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Python website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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