How do I install pip on macOS or OS X? How do I install pip on macOS or OS X? python python

How do I install pip on macOS or OS X?

pip's documentation lists the supported mechanisms to install it:

It is generally recommended to avoid installing pip on the OS-provided python commands, and to install Python via the installers or using something like Homebrew or pyenv.

Python 3.4+ will have ensurepip, so if you're unable to run python3 -m pip -- run python3 -m ensurepip and it'll install pip for you.

If you're using an end-of-life version of Python, you can use instead.

Old answer (outdated, and results in a broken installation)

easy_install pip

If you need admin privileges to run this, try:

sudo easy_install pip

⚡️ TL;DR — One line solution.

All you have to do is:

sudo easy_install pip

2019: ⚠️easy_install has been deprecated. Check Method #2 below for preferred installation!


⚡️ OK, I read the solutions given above, but here's an EASY solution to install pip.

MacOS comes with Python installed. But to make sure that you have Python installed open the terminal and run the following command.

python --version

If this command returns a version number that means Python exists. Which also means that you already have access to easy_install considering you are using macOS/OSX.

ℹ️ Now, all you have to do is run the following command.

sudo easy_install pip

After that, pip will be installed and you'll be able to use it for installing other packages.

Let me know if you have any problems installing pip this way.


P.S. I ended up blogging a post about it. QuickTip: How Do I Install pip on macOS or OS X?

UPDATE (Jan 2019): METHOD #2: Two line solution —

easy_install has been deprecated. Please use instead.

First of all download the get-pip file

curl -o

Now run this file to install pip


That should do it.

Another gif you said? Here ya go!

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned this - since 2013, python itself is capable of installing pip, no external commands (and no internet connection) required.

sudo -H python -m ensurepip

This will create a similar install to what easy_install would.