In today’s guide you’ll learn to install Python 3.9 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7 Linux system. Python is general-purpose, interpreted and high-level programming language originally created by Guido van Rossum. Python is created for simplicity, deep integration and great extensibility. You can achieve much more with Python using powerful libraries and tools, including Django, Pygame, Matplotlib, Plotly, e.t.c.
In the next sections we look at the installation steps of Python 3.9 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7. If you’re interested in a full list of features shipped in Python 3.9 check the official release notes.
Install Python 3.9 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7
Python is a cross-platform software package meaning it can run on Linux, Windows, macOS, and BSD systems. As of this article update, the exact latest release of Python 3.9 is version Python 3.9.5. This is the version of Python that will be installed in this tutorial.
Step 1: Install Python Dependencies
Login to your CentOS 8 / CentOS 7 system as root or user with sudo privileges.
$ ssh [email protected]
Then do system update
sudo yum -y update
Install required software development tools required to build Python 3.9 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7:
sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools" -y sudo yum install openssl-devel libffi-devel bzip2-devel -y
Confirm gcc is available:
$ gcc --version gcc (GCC) 8.3.1 20191121 (Red Hat 8.3.1-5) Copyright (C) 2018 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 3.9 Archive
Ensure wget is installed:
sudo yum install wget -y
Use wget to download the latest Python 3.9 release.
Extract the archive file using tar:
tar xvf Python-3.9.5.tgz
Switch to the directory created from the file extraction:
Step 2: Install Python 3.9 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7
Run the command below to configure Python installation.
Sample output of success:
.... checking for the Linux getrandom() syscall... yes checking for the getrandom() function... yes checking for library containing shm_open... -lrt checking for sys/mman.h... (cached) yes checking for shm_open... yes checking for shm_unlink... yes checking for pkg-config... /usr/bin/pkg-config checking whether compiling and linking against OpenSSL works... yes checking for X509_VERIFY_PARAM_set1_host in libssl... yes checking for --with-ssl-default-suites... python checking for --with-builtin-hashlib-hashes... md5,sha1,sha256,sha512,sha3,blake2 configure: creating ./config.status config.status: creating Makefile.pre config.status: creating Misc/python.pc config.status: creating Misc/python-embed.pc config.status: creating Misc/python-config.sh config.status: creating Modules/ld_so_aix config.status: creating pyconfig.h creating Modules/Setup.local creating Makefile
Build Python 3.9 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7:
sudo make altinstall
Be patient as this takes quite some time depending on number of CPU cores in your system. If this was successful, you should get a message like below:
.... running install_scripts copying build/scripts-3.9/pydoc3.9 -> /usr/local/bin copying build/scripts-3.9/idle3.9 -> /usr/local/bin copying build/scripts-3.9/2to3-3.9 -> /usr/local/bin changing mode of /usr/local/bin/pydoc3.9 to 755 changing mode of /usr/local/bin/idle3.9 to 755 changing mode of /usr/local/bin/2to3-3.9 to 755 rm /usr/local/lib/python3.9/lib-dynload/_sysconfigdata__linux_x86_64-linux-gnu.py rm -r /usr/local/lib/python3.9/lib-dynload/__pycache__ /usr/bin/install -c -m 644 ./Misc/python.man \ /usr/local/share/man/man1/python3.9.1 if test "xupgrade" != "xno" ; then \ case upgrade in \ upgrade) ensurepip="--altinstall --upgrade" ;; \ install|*) ensurepip="--altinstall" ;; \ esac; \ ./python -E -m ensurepip \ $ensurepip --root=/ ; \ fi Looking in links: /tmp/tmpxqejw3c3 Processing /tmp/tmpxqejw3c3/setuptools-49.2.1-py3-none-any.whl Processing /tmp/tmpxqejw3c3/pip-20.2.3-py2.py3-none-any.whl Installing collected packages: setuptools, pip WARNING: The script easy_install-3.9 is installed in '/usr/local/bin' which is not on PATH. Consider adding this directory to PATH or, if you prefer to suppress this warning, use --no-warn-script-location. WARNING: The script pip3.9 is installed in '/usr/local/bin' which is not on PATH. Consider adding this directory to PATH or, if you prefer to suppress this warning, use --no-warn-script-location. Successfully installed pip-20.2.3 setuptools-49.2.1
Check Python 3.9 installation on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7
Run below command to confirm successful installation of Python 3.9 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7:
$ python3.9 --version Python 3.9.5
Pip3.9 must have been installed as well:
$ pip3.9 --version pip 20.2.3 from /usr/local/lib/python3.9/site-packages/pip (python 3.9)
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