In this guide, you’ll learn how to install Python 3.8 on CentOS 7 / CentOS 8. Python is a popular programming language originally created by Guido van Rossum, and released in 1991. Python can be used to create web applications, handle big data and perform complex mathematics, system scripting, rapid prototyping and many other types of software Development.
For Python 2.7 and Python 3 installation on CentOS 8, check our guide – Install and Switch version of Python on CentOS 8
Install Python 3.8 on CentOS 7 / CentOS 8
Python works on Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, BSD and many other systems. As of this article update, the latest release of Python is version Python 3.8.1. This is the version of Python that we’ll install in this guide.
Step 1: Install Python Dependencies
As we’ll install Python from source, let’s install the packages required for Python installation.
sudo yum -y groupinstall "Development Tools" sudo yum -y install openssl-devel bzip2-devel libffi-devel
Confirm gcc is available:
$ gcc --version gcc (GCC) 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-39) Copyright (C) 2015 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Step 2: Download latest Python 3.8 Archive
Now download the latest archive of Python 3.8 release.
sudo yum -y install wget wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.8.2/Python-3.8.2.tgz
Extract the package.
tar xvf Python-3.8.2.tgz
Change the created directory:
Step 2: Install Python 3.8 on CentOS 7 / CentOS 8
Setup installation by running the configure script.
Initiate compilation of Python 3.8 on CentOS 7.
sudo make altinstall
If this was successful, you should get a message like below:
/tmp/tmp9ly9eo2d/pip-19.2.3-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/_vendor/ipaddress.py:1106: SyntaxWarning: 'str' object is not callable; perhaps you missed a comma? /tmp/tmp9ly9eo2d/pip-19.2.3-py2.py3-none-any.whl/pip/_vendor/ipaddress.py:1106: SyntaxWarning: 'str' object is not callable; perhaps you missed a comma? Looking in links: /tmp/tmp9ly9eo2d Collecting setuptools Collecting pip Installing collected packages: setuptools, pip Successfully installed pip-19.2.3 setuptools-41.2.0
Check Python 3.8 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7.
Confirm that the installation of Python 3.8 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7 was successful.
$ python3.8 --version; Python 3.8.2
Pip is also installed.
$ pip3.8 --version pip 19.2.3 from /usr/local/lib/python3.8/site-packages/pip (python 3.8)
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