I can't run pip for python3 (3.4) on Fedora 22. Pip for python2.7 is installed on system by default and works fine. I install package python3-pip but can't run it.

pip3, pip-3.4, python3-pip, python3 pip

The above commands don't work for me and show error 'command not found'.

I try delete pip for python2.7 but it's so important for system and I can't do that.

How can I run pip3?

  • You can easily check the name of the command by seeing what files a package contains: rpm -ql python3-pip Feb 19, 2019 at 14:37

3 Answers 3


If it is properly installed you can run python3 -m pip to run pip for Python 3.

Installing pip for Python 3 is done with dnf install python3-pip. This should create the script /usr/bin/pip3. Using pip to upgrade pip itself (like it suggests, because the shipped version is older) overwrites the scripts and should not be done.

If you want to use the newest version of pip and and upgrade packages given by the fedora-repo to the ones from PyPI, I recommend using a virtual environment.

  • Actually, this works from what I can tell.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Jul 19, 2015 at 6:11
  • I don't know why @DavidPostill write it. This is good solution for this answer. Jul 20, 2015 at 5:38
  • I do this in F21 still get bash: pip3: command not found...
    – dashesy
    Aug 22, 2015 at 19:45

I could not run pip3 though my system showed python3-pip as already being installed and I'm using Fedora 22. What I did to get around this was re-install python3-pip like so:

dnf reinstall python3-pip

Doing the above adds the following entries in your /usr/bin folder:

  • /usr/bin/pip3.4
  • /usr/bin/pip3

You'll need to be have sudo rights to run the above command. Now I'm able to just call pip3 right from my CLI.

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    Yep, something seems to be broken in Fedora 22 or some update path to it. The exact same happened for me and this solution fixed it. Jan 22, 2016 at 22:22
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    Same on Fedora 23. Apr 19, 2016 at 12:03
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    I was also missing the /usr/bin/ pip3 folders on Fedora 23. reinstall fixed it for me as well. Thanks.
    – randomuser
    Apr 30, 2016 at 16:53
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    Same on Fedora 25.
    – icc97
    Mar 5, 2017 at 17:23

@bumy's fix worked for me ... but I was annoyed that despite having python3-pip installed on my newly installed Fedora 22, /usr/bin/pip3 wasn't present.

So I copied /usr/bin/pip (the Python2.7 version) to /usr/bin/pip3 and modified the first line to be #!/usr/bin/python3

Now I can use pip3 as god intended ...

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    See Karthic Raghupathi's answer for a better solution. Jan 22, 2016 at 22:34
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    Don't manually copy, binaries/executables that are installed by package managers. Can have files with wrong permissions which can break updates etc
    – lxx
    Jun 23, 2016 at 5:20

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