How to Install PIP on Windows ?

Before we start with how to install pip for Python on Windows, let’s first go through the basic introduction to Python. Python is a widely-used general-purpose, high-level programming language. Python is a programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more efficiently. 

PIP is a package management system used to install and manage software packages/libraries written in Python. These files are stored in a large “online repository” termed as Python Package Index (PyPI). pip uses PyPI as the default source for packages and their dependencies. So whenever you type:

pip install package_name

pip will look for that package on PyPI and if found, it will download and install the package on your local system.

Check if Python is installed

Run the following command to test if python is installed or not. If not click here.

python --version

If it is installed, You will see something like this:

Python 3.10.0

Download and Install pip

The PIP can be downloaded and installed using the command line by going through the following steps:

Method 1: Using cURL in Python

Curl is a UNIX command that is used to send the PUT, GET, and POST requests to a URL. This tool is utilized for downloading files, testing REST APIs, etc.

Step 1: Open the cmd terminal 

Step 2: In python, a curl is a tool for transferring data requests to and from a server. Use the following command to request:

curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py
python get-pip.py

Method 2: Manually install PIP on Windows

Pip must be manually installed on Windows. You might need to use the correct version of the file from pypa.org if you’re using an earlier version of Python or pip. Get the file and save it to a folder on your PC.

Step 1: Download the get-pip.py (https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py) file and store it in the same directory as python is installed.

Step 2: Change the current path of the directory in the command line to the path of the directory where the above file exists. 

Step 3: get-pip.py is a bootstrapping script that enables users to install pip in Python environments. Run the command given below:

python get-pip.py

Step 4: Now wait through the installation process. Voila! pip is now installed on your system.

Verification of the installation process

One can easily verify if the pip has been installed correctly by performing a version check on the same. Just go to the command line and execute the following command:

pip -V
or
pip --version

Adding PIP To Windows Environment Variables

If you are facing any path error then you can follow the following steps to add the pip to your PATH. You can follow the following steps to set the Path:

  • Go to System and Security > System in the Control Panel once it has been opened.
  • On the left side, click the Advanced system settings link.
  • Then select Environment Variables.
  • Double-click the PATH variable under System Variables.
  • Click New, and add the directory where pip is installed, e.g. C:Python33Scripts, and select OK.

Upgrading Pip On Windows

pip can be upgraded using the following command.

python -m pip install -U pip

Downgrading Pip On Windows

It may happen sometimes that your pip current pip version is not supporting your current version of python or machine for that you can downgrade your pip version with the following command. 
Note: You can mention the version you want to install 

python -m pip install pip==17.0

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