How to Install Python 2.7.13 on CentOS/RHEL 7/6 and Fedora

Today, I was trying to install an application on my CentOS 6.5 system which required Python >= 2.7, but there are Python 2.6 installed, which we can’t remove as other applications depend on it. This tutorial will help you to install Python 2.7 without removing older versions.

Step 1 – Install GCC

Firstly make sure that you have gcc package installed on your system. Use following command to install gcc if you don’t have it installed.

# yum install gcc

Step 2 – Download Python 2.7

Download Python using following command from python official site. You can also download latest version in place of specified below.

# cd /usr/src
# wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.7.13/Python-2.7.13.tgz

Step 3 – Extract Archive and Compile

Use below set of commands to extract Python source code and compile it on your system using altinstall.

# tar xzf Python-2.7.13.tgz
# cd Python-2.7.13
# ./configure
# make altinstall

make altinstall is used to prevent replacing the default python binary file /usr/bin/python.

Step 4 – Check the Python Version

Check the latest version installed of python using below command

# python2.7 -V

Python 2.7.13

Step 5 – Install PIP

Finally, install the PIP for the installed Python version.

$ curl "https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py" -o "get-pip.py"
$ python2.7 get-pip.py

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