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Python3 in centos 9

I am trying to create an integrated environment in centos 9 that should include python3 . is it possible to use the python3 installation for centos 8 as centos 9 is not an option. If not , is centos 8 still available as a droplet ? I was only able to install centos 9


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Hi @gittyhubhubhub

You can still create CentOS 8 and 7 Droplets from your Control Panel. In the menu creating a Droplet with your desired distribution, on the CentOS selection is a dropdown that let you choose between the 3 - 7, 8 and 9.

As for installing Python3 on CentOS 9, I’m not sure there is an official way to do this. You’ll need to configure it from source. I’ll provide you with the steps here however if you are having difficulties with the new CentOS version, I’ll recommend using 8 or 7 instead.

Anyway, SSH to your Droplet

  1. wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.9.7/Python-3.9.7.tgz
  2. tar zxvf Python-3.9.7.tgz
  3. cd Python-3.9.7/

Once inside, you’ll need to configure Python:

  1. ./configure
  2. make
  3. make altinstall

After some time when the process finishes you should have Python3.9 available on your Droplet. Having said that, as it’s a manual configuration you might experience some missing modules later on. As such, if you are still a novice, I’ll recommend against using such a new version that still is missing ways to install key services like Python.