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How install Setuptools for Python on Linux?

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  • Last Updated : 07 Feb, 2022

Setuptools is a package development process library that extends the Python standard library distutils to make it easier to package Python projects (distribution utilities). It contains the following features:

  • Package and module declarations in Python
  • Metadata from the distribution package
  • Hooks for testing
  • Installation of the project
  • Platform-specific information
  • Support for Python3

In this article, we will learn how to install Setuptools for Python on Linux.

Installing Setuptools on Linux 

Method 1: Using pip to install Setuptools Package

Follow the below steps to install the Setuptools package on Linux using pip:

Step 1: Install the current version of Python3 in Linux.

Step 2: Check if pip3 and python3 are correctly installed in your system using the following command:

python3 --version
pip3 --version

Checking-pip3-and-python3

Step 3: Upgrade pip3 to avoid errors occurring during the installation process.

pip3 install --upgrade pip

Upgrading-pip3

Step 4: Enter the following command to install Setuptools using pip3.

pip3 install setuptools

Installing-Setuptools-package

Method 2: Using setup.py to install Setuptools

Follow the below steps to install the Setuptools package on Linux using the setup.py file:

Step 1: Download the latest source package of Setuptools for Python3 from the website.

curl https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/69/77/aee1ecacea4d0db740046ce1785e81d16c4b1755af50eceac4ca1a1f8bfd/setuptools-60.5.0.tar.gz > setuptools-60.5.0.tar.gz

Downloading-source-package-for-Setuptools

Step 2: Extract the downloaded setuptools package using the following command:

tar -xzvf setuptools-60.5.0.tar.gz

Extracting-the-package

Step 3: Go to the setuptools-60.5.0 folder and enter the following command to install the package.

cd setuptools-60.5.0
python3 setup.py install

Installing-Setuptools-using-the-setup.py

Verifying Setuptools installation on Linux 

Use the following import in your Python terminal to verify if the Setuptools installation has been done properly or not:

import setuptools

Verifying-Setuptools-installation

If we do not get any error while importing the package then is not installed properly.

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