How to install a specific Python version on Ubuntu?

Posted March 1, 2021 3.5k views
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In some cases, you might need to install a very specific Python version on your Ubuntu server which might be different from the one that comes from the default apt repositories.

Here is how you could do that!

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This is going to be beyond the scope of the tutorial. However here is how you could install a specific version if needed:

First, install the required libraries:

  • sudo apt-get install libssl-dev openssl make gcc

Then choose the specific Python from here:

After that go to the /opt directory and download the archive of the specific version:

  • cd /opt
  • wget

Extract the archive:

  • tar xzvf Python-3.9.2.tgz

Then cd into the directory:

  • cd Python-3.9.2

And finally, compile the new version:

  • ./configure
  • make
  • make install

Finally you can create a symlink for that specific Python version so that you could use the binary from anywhere:

  • sudo ln -fs /opt/Python-3.9.2/Python /usr/bin/python3.9

Then you could check if the python3.9 version is available:

  • python3.9 --version

Hope that this helps.