A Beginner's Guide to Pip (Summary)
You’ve seen that
pip is a package manager for Python, used by many projects to manage dependencies. It’s included with the Python installer, which makes it an essential tool for all Pythonistas to know how to use.
Python provides an extensive standard library suitable for developing all sorts of applications, but the active Python community provides an even larger set of tools and libraries that speed up Python application development.
These tools and libraries are published to the Python Package Index (PyPI), and
pip allows developers to install them in their application environments.
In this course, you learned about:
- Installing new packages using
pipin the command line and with requirement files
- Managing dependencies, separating development and production requirements, and creating a locked requirements file
- Finding packages through
- Evaluating package dependencies before uninstalling a package and how
In addition, you learned about the importance of keeping dependencies up to date and alternatives to
pip that can help you manage those dependencies.
Feel free to reach out in the comments section below with any questions you might have, and you can always get more information at the
pip documentation page.
Congratulations, you made it to the end of the course! What’s your #1 takeaway or favorite thing you learned? How are you going to put your newfound skills to use? Leave a comment in the discussion section and let us know.
In this course, you’ve learned how to perform the most common package management functions using
pip. You learned the basics of how Python programs run within your operating system; how virtual environments can be used to resolve installation issues; how to install and manage packages using
pip, the Python package manager; how package managers make managing dependencies easier; how to find new packages with PyPI; and finally, how to evaluate package dependencies before uninstalling one. I’m Austin Cepalia with realpython.com. Happy coding!
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