PIP – Python Package Manager

Definition – What is PIP?

PIP is a command line tool for Python Programming language. PIP is used to manage the python packages. By using PIP tools you can install, uninstall and manage available python code packages. PIP is an essential tool for Python developer. PIP is programmed by Python itself and first appeared in 2011. This package manager is platform and device independent and licensed under MIT.

If you are running an older version of Python then you have to manually install PIP in your Python installation. But if you are running Python 3.4 or later then the PIP package manager is installed along with the Python by default.

Explanation – PIP Package Manager

PIP is an open source distribution managed by Python org. You can find the official repository of PIP at https://github.com/pypa/pip or at the official website https://pip.pypa.io/.

PIP is considered as the standard package management tool for Python. It can be used as an alternative of Python system package manager or invoking cURL method. PIP is considered as a standard package manager because of its easy command line interface for managing additional packages that are not included in the Python standard library.

To ensure the PIP package manager is installed or not run open the shell or command line in the Python script Directory then command:

C:\Python36\Scripts>pip --version

After this command you get the following line or something like that then your system has installed PIP already. If it give an error then see, How to install PIP Package Manager in Python

pip 18.1 from C:\Python36\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.6)