How to Upgrade PIP

In this tutorial, you will learn how to upgrade PIP.

You will also learn how to check the current version of PIP, as well as downgrade to a previous version of PIP if you really need to.

TLDR; How to Upgrade PIP

The most obvious way, if python is mapped to the version you want pip to be upgraded on:

python -m pip install --upgrade pip
Code language: Bash (bash)

or if you are running python3 from the python3 command itself:

python3 -m pip install --upgrade pip
Code language: Bash (bash)

or if you are running python3 and want to upgrade pip3:

python3 -m pip3 install --upgrade pip3
Code language: Bash (bash)

How to upgrade PIP on Windows

Upgrading PIP on Windows is as simple as doing the same on Linux or Mac, just instead of opening the Terminal, you would rather open the Command Prompt to issue your commands.

Once you have opened the Command Prompt, type:

python.exe -m pip install --upgrade pip
Code language: Bash (bash)

Python will now upgrade PIP to the latest version

How to check the version of PIP

To check the version of PIP that you are running, you can open either the CommandPrompt (Windows) or the Terminal (Linux/Mac) and type:

pip --version
Code language: Bash (bash)

If you are running pip3 then you can type:

pip3 --version
Code language: Bash (bash)

How to download PIP to a previous version

Sometimes you may want to downgrade PIP to a previous version, this is easy to do with a single command:

python -m pip install pip==18.1
Code language: Bash (bash)

Once again, if you are running python3 binary, you would do the following instead:

python3 -m pip install pip==18.1
Code language: Bash (bash)

..and if you were trying to do this for pip3, then you could do it as follows:

python3 -m pip3 install pip3==18.1
Code language: Bash (bash)
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