How to install python 2.7 and pip on centos 6.x

Published by shyam jos on

By default centos 6.x comes with Python 2.6 as default, Since python 2.6 is used internally by the os you cant replace it with python 2.7. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install python 2.7 and pip in centos 6.x server along with python 2.6.

Download Python 2.7 Source

cd /usr/src

Compile and Install Python 2.7

tar xzf Python-2.7.10.tgzcd Python-2.7.10
make altinstall

Create 2.7 Python shortcut in /usr/bin

ln -s /usr/local/bin/python2.7 /usr/bin/python27 

Install pip for Python 2.7

cd /usr/src
curl -o
ln -s /usr/local/bin/pip /usr/bin/pip27 

Check If python 2.7 is installed correctly

python27 -V 

Test pip27 by installing flask package (optional)

pip27 install flask

shyam jos

My name is Shyam Jos, I am a passionate Linux system administrator from Kochi, India. I am a strong advocate of using Linux and Open-Source software.

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