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tedro • Edited

Worked! Thanks!

I'm not saying anyone would want to install Python 3 without brew, but if they did, pip3 gets installed:
$ pip3 --version
pip 19.2.3 from /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.8/lib/python3.8/site-packages/pip (python 3.8)
$ pip3 install --upgrade pip
Collecting pip
Downloading files.pythonhosted.org/packages/54... (1.4MB)
|████████████████████████████████| 1.4MB 1.7MB/s
Installing collected packages: pip
Found existing installation: pip 19.2.3
Uninstalling pip-19.2.3:
Successfully uninstalled pip-19.2.3
Successfully installed pip-20.0.2

$ which pip
/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.8/bin/pip

Now, Irfan's handy command:
sudo ln -s -f /usr/local/bin/python3.8 /usr/local/bin/python

close/open terminal

$ python --version
Python 3.8.2

yay Irfan!

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Nishant Ranjan

Thank you for sharing. It saved my day.

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tedro

-ha! good to hear. I receive a message like yours about once per month. seems like a niche crowd we are in, hoping to avoid brew on our mac. it was exactly what I needed also.

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elpidabantra

Oh god! Thank you so much for your answer, I had tried everything and I was going crazy with that thing, I did the same with Python 3.7 and I finally see:
$ python --version
Python 3.7.8

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tedro

Great! I'm happy it help you.

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APOORVEE SINHA

Hey! I tried following your above-mentioned method .. but I don't know how the path is different ...Although this method worked but will that path create any problem later on?
On my mac
which pip results in
/usr/local/bin/pip
instead of
/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.8/bin/pip

apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % python --version
Python 2.7.16
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % python3 --version
Python 3.8.2
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % pip3 --version
pip 19.2.3 from /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.8/lib/python3.8/site-packages/pip (python 3.8)
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % pip3 install --upgrade pip
Collecting pip
Downloading files.pythonhosted.org/packages/54... (1.4MB)Installing collected packages: pip
Found existing installation: pip 19.2.3
Uninstalling pip-19.2.3:
Successfully uninstalled pip-19.2.3
Successfully installed pip-20.0.2
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % which pip
/usr/local/bin/pip
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % which pip
/usr/local/bin/pip
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % sudo ln -s -f /usr/local/bin/python3.8 /usr/local/bin/python
Password:
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ %

close/open terminal

apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % python --version
Python 3.8.2
apoorveesinha@Apoorvees-Air ~ % python3 --version
Python 3.8.2

Please help!

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Tav0

export PATH=/usr/local/opt/python3/libexec/bin:$PATH

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CrimsonKidA

This worked for me! THANK YOU! :D

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tedro

I’m happy to read that the steps worked for you. The subject of the post I responded to was setting up Python 3 to be the default. From what I can tell, that is what you now have. My goal was to show how I did this directly versus using a package manager like Brew, but not everyone is comfortable with this approach. It looks like you are good to go if you want to work in Python 3 by default.