Installing Python 3.8 on Ubuntu with Apt
Installing Python 3.8 on Ubuntu with apt is a relatively straightforward process and takes only a few minutes:
Run the following commands as root or user with sudo access to update the packages list and install the prerequisites:
sudo apt updatesudo apt install software-properties-common
Add the deadsnakes PPA to your system’s sources list:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
When prompted press
Press [ENTER] to continue or Ctrl-c to cancel adding it.
Once the repository is enabled, install Python 3.8 with:
sudo apt install python3.8
Verify that the installation was successful by typing:
At this point, Python 3.8 is installed on your Ubuntu system, and you can start using it.
Installing Python 3.8 on Ubuntu from Source
In this section, we’ll explain how to compile Python 3.8 from the source.
Update the packages list and install the packages necessary to build Python:
sudo apt updatesudo apt install build-essential zlib1g-dev libncurses5-dev libgdbm-dev
libnss3-dev libssl-dev libreadline-dev libffi-dev libsqlite3-dev wget
Download the latest release’s source code from the Python download page using
At the time of writing this article, the latest release is
When the download finishes,:
tar -xf Python-3.8.0.tgz
Switch to the Python source directory and execute the
configurescript which performs a number of checks to make sure all of the dependencies on your system are present:
cd Python-3.8.0./configure --enable-optimizations
--enable-optimizationsoption optimizes the Python binary by running multiple tests. This makes the build process slower.
Start the Python 3.8 build process:
make -j 8
For faster build time, modify the
-jto correspond to the number of cores in your processor. You can find the number by typing
When the build process is complete, install the Python binaries by typing:
sudo make altinstall
Do not use the standard
make installas it will overwrite the default system python3 binary.
That’s it. Python 3.8 has been installed and ready to be used. Verify it by typing:
The output should show the Python version: