In this short guide, I’ll show you how to install a package in Python using PIP. I’ll also demonstrate how to uninstall a package that is no longer needed.
If you’re using Windows, you’ll be able to install a Python package by opening the Windows Command Prompt, and then typing this command:
pip install package name
Note: the above method would only work if you already added Python to Windows path. Don’t worry if you don’t know what it means, as in the next section, I’ll cover the full steps to install a package in Python using PIP.
Here are the topics to be reviewed:
- Simple example with the steps to install the pandas package
- Uninstall a Python package
- Tool that will allow you to easily install/uninstall Python packages
Steps to Install a Package in Python using PIP
(1) First, type Command Prompt in the Windows search box:
(2) Right click on the Windows Command Prompt. Then, select Run as administrator (by running the Command Prompt as an administrator, you’ll avoid any permission issues):
(3) In the Command Prompt, type “cd\” as this command will ensure that your starting point has only the drive name:
(4) Press Enter. Now you’ll see the drive name of C:\>
(5) Locate your Python Scripts path. The Scripts folder can be found within the Python application folder, where you originally installed Python.
In my case, the Python Scripts path is:
In the Command Prompt, type cd followed by your Python Scripts path:
(6) Press Enter, and you’ll see something similar to the following:
(7) Now, type the pip install command to install your Python package. The pip install command has the following structure:
pip install package name
Since in our case, we would like to install the pandas package, then type the following command in the Command Prompt:
pip install pandas
(8) Finally, press Enter, and you’ll notice that the package (here it’s pandas) will be installed:
You can quickly check if the package was successfully installed in Python, by opening the Python IDLE and then running the command “import pandas”
If no errors appear (after you press F5 to run the import command), then the package was successfully installed.
If you’re dealing with Anaconda, you may also want to check how to install a package using Anaconda.
Uninstall a Package using PIP
To uninstall a package using PIP, simply type the following command in the Command Prompt (do not forget to set the Python Scripts path before you type this command):
pip uninstall package name
In our case, type: pip uninstall pandas and then press Enter:
Finally, type y and then press Enter in order to proceed with the removal of the package:
Tool to install/uninstall a Python Package
Now I’ll share with you the code to install/uninstall Python packages using a simple tool I created.
Note that you’ll need to add Python to Windows path before you can start using the tool.
Here is the full Python code:
import os import tkinter as tk root= tk.Tk() canvas1 = tk.Canvas(root, width = 300, height = 350, bg = 'gray90', relief = 'raised') canvas1.pack() label1 = tk.Label(root, text='Type Package:', bg = 'gray90') label1.config(font=('helvetica', 14)) canvas1.create_window(150, 80, window=label1) entry1 = tk.Entry (root, width=27) canvas1.create_window(150, 120, window=entry1) def installPackage (): global installPythonPackage installPythonPackage = 'pip install ' + entry1.get() os.system('start cmd /k ' + installPythonPackage) def uninstallPackage (): global uninstallPythonPackage uninstallPythonPackage = 'pip uninstall ' + entry1.get() os.system('start cmd /k ' + uninstallPythonPackage) button1 = tk.Button(text=' Install Package ', command=installPackage, bg='green', fg='white', font=('helvetica', 12, 'bold')) canvas1.create_window(150, 180, window=button1) button2 = tk.Button(text=' Uninstall Package ', command=uninstallPackage, bg='coral3', fg='white', font=('helvetica', 12, 'bold')) canvas1.create_window(150, 230, window=button2) root.mainloop()
Simply run the code in Python and you would see the following screen:
Type the package name that you’d like to install or uninstall. For example, type the package name pandas, and then click on the green button to install the package:
That’s it! You should be able to enjoy the pandas package.