how to Install Python 2.7 in Centos/RHEL 6

CentOS 6 come with Python 2.6 so when you upgrade to the latest (python 2.7) you will get 2.6 version but if you need python then you have to install it manually on some other location.

We can install it via yum repository by adding other repo to server and update core python but overwriting existing python can be big clash of your server because python is used to compile source files and many packages depends on this so if core package updates it will affect your server. Below a simple tutorial to install python 2.7 on some other location and use both default and newly install python on server where default python will use for server and 2.7 will use for your application as well.

So here we will install Python from source so we have to install their dependency packages as well.

Update server and install development tools

First of all you need to update your server to latest so that all packages will be latest and your repository also updated.

After that install development tools which require for python to be installed

yum -y update
yum groupinstall -y 'development tools'

Also there is a need some more packages for python installation which will require the time of installation from source.

yum install -y zlib-devel bzip2-devel openssl-devel xz-libs wget

Install Python 2.7 from source

First you need to download source file from python site and then extract it.

tar xf Python-2.7.8.tar.xz

Now we can start installation process as we already have all dependencies.

cd Python-2.7.8
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make altinstall

If all above commands run successful then your python2.7 are installed on your server. you can confirm it by below command.

linuxtweaks ~]# python2.7 -V
Python 2.7.8

You can also check installation path of python 2.7 if it s properly placed

linuxtweaks ~]#which python2.7

You can create a symlink to the same directory by using below command

ln -s /usr/local/bin/python2.7 /usr/local/bin/python

┬áNOTE : Please check for root and user “which python” if root pointing to “/usr/local/bin/python” then remove the soft link or change default path for root user.

linuxtweaks ~]# echo $PATH

Now both python are on your server so you have to set python2.7 to user so update path variables. But before changing it first need to check it what’s the value is.

[email protected] ~]# which python
[email protected] ~]$ which python

Setuptools installationPython 2.7 in Centos/RHEL 6

After installation of python you also need to install setuptools for installation of python packages on right location.

wget --no-check-certificate

tar -xvf setuptools-1.4.2.tar.gz
cd setuptools-1.4.2

python2.7 install

Install Pip

curl | python2.7 -

Install virutalenv

pip2.7 install virtualenv

 Confirm if setuptools installation for user and root

[email protected] ~1$ which pip
[email protected] ~1$ which pip
pip 1.5.6 from /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages (python 2.7)

[[email protected] ~]# which pip
[email protected] ~]# /usr/bin/pip --version
pip 1.3.1 from /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages (python 2.6)

Finally completed and end of this you would have Python 2.7.8 installed on your server.

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Balvinder Singh

Hello, I am Balvinder Singh - DevOps Engineer with 2.5+ year of working experience with different server environments. Tag Line:-Linux | AWS| WHM |Monitoring | Virtualization | Optimization | Performance | Security | Release & Deployment. I love helping companies / clients to deploy their code / applicateions to well managed, optimized, secure server and can go extra mile to satisfy.

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