How to Update Python Version on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to update your Python version? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to update Python on your Mac. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced developer, keeping your Python version up to date is essential for accessing the latest features, bug fixes, and security updates.

Step 1: Check Current Python Version

Before updating Python, it’s important to know the current version installed on your Mac. Open the Terminal application by navigating to Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal. Once the Terminal opens, type the following command:

python --version

This command will display the current Python version installed on your Mac. Note down this information as it will be helpful later.

Step 2: Install Homebrew

To easily update Python on your Mac, we recommend using Homebrew – a popular package manager for macOS. Open the Terminal and run the following command:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

This command will install Homebrew on your system.

Step 3: Update Homebrew

Once Homebrew is installed, run the following command in Terminal to update it:

brew update

Step 4: Update Python using Homebrew

With Homebrew installed and updated, updating Python becomes a breeze. Run the following command in Terminal:

brew install python@3.9

  • Note: Replace ‘3.9’ with the desired Python version you want to install.

This command will install the latest Python version based on the formula specified.

Step 5: Verify Python Version

To ensure that Python has been successfully updated, run the following command in Terminal:

This command should display the newly installed Python version. It indicates that the update process was successful.

Step 6: Update Pip (Python Package Installer)

Pip is a package manager for Python libraries. It is recommended to update Pip after updating Python. To update Pip, use the following command:

pip install --upgrade pip

This command will update Pip to the latest version.

Congratulations!

You have successfully updated your Python version on your Mac using Homebrew. By keeping your Python installation up to date, you ensure access to the latest features and security enhancements.

Summary

  • Step 1: Check current Python version using python --version.
  • Step 2: Install Homebrew by running /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.sh)".
  • Step 3: Update Homebrew with brew update.
  • Step 4: Update Python using Homebrew with brew install python@3.9.
  • Step 5: Verify updated Python version with python --version.
  • Step 6: Update Pip with pip install --upgrade pip.

Now you are all set to explore and work with the latest Python version on your Mac!

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