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.

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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 to check the official Python website.

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