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Using Python 3 in virtualenv


simply run

virtualenv -p python3 envname

Update after OP's edit:

There was a bug in the OP's version of virtualenv, as described here. The problem was fixed by running:

pip install --upgrade virtualenv


Python 3 has a built-in support for virtual environments - venv. It might be better to use that instead. Referring to the docs:

Creation of virtual environments is done by executing the pyvenv script:

pyvenv /path/to/new/virtual/environment

Update for Python 3.6 and newer:

As pawciobiel correctly comments, pyvenv is deprecated as of Python 3.6 and the new way is:

python3 -m venv /path/to/new/virtual/environment


I'v tried pyenv and it's very handy for switching python versions (global, local in folder or in the virtualenv):

brew install pyenv

then install Python version you want:

pyenv install 3.5.0

and simply create virtualenv with path to needed interpreter version:

virtualenv -p /Users/johnny/.pyenv/versions/3.5.0/bin/python3.5 myenv

That's it, check the version:

. ./myenv/bin/activate && python -V

There are also plugin for pyenv pyenv-virtualenv but it didn't work for me somehow.


matomo