How to install Python 3.8 on Raspberry Pi (Raspbian)

Install Python 3.8 on Raspberry Pi

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Python 3.8.0 on Raspberry Pi running raspbian on it.

1. Update the Raspbian

Update the Raspbian before installing python.

sudo apt-get update

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2. Prerequisites

Before installing Python 3.8 there are some dependencies that we need to install. Use the following command to install the required dependencies.

sudo apt-get install -y build-essential tk-dev libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev libreadline6-dev libdb5.3-dev libgdbm-dev libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev libbz2-dev libexpat1-dev liblzma-dev zlib1g-dev libffi-dev tar wget

3. Download Python

You can download Python from the official website or use the following command.


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4. Install Python 3.8

Now we will extract and install Python from the source.
sudo tar zxf Python-3.8.0.tgz
cd Python-3.8.0
sudo ./configure --enable-optimizations
sudo make -j 4
sudo make altinstall

5. Check Python version

Now Python is installed you can check the version using the following command.

python3.8 -V

6. Make Python 3.8 as the default version

If you want to use python 3.8 as a default version you can create an alias.

vim ~/.bashrc

and then add the following alias.

which python3.8

alias python='/usr/local/bin/python3.8'

Then source the .bashrc file.

source ~/.bashrc

7. Check Python Version

After creating an alias check the python version again.

python -V
Python 3.8.0

Now you have successfully installed Python 3.8 on Raspberry Pi.


2 Comments Posted

  1. The “sudo make -j 4” step failed with …
    Segmentation fault
    Makefile:614: recipe for target ‘sharedmods’ failed
    make[3]: *** [sharedmods] Error 139
    make[3]: Leaving directory ‘/home/pi/Python-3.8.0’
    Makefile:507: recipe for target ‘build_all_generate_profile’ failed
    make[2]: *** [build_all_generate_profile] Error 2
    make[2]: Leaving directory ‘/home/pi/Python-3.8.0’
    Makefile:481: recipe for target ‘profile-gen-stamp’ failed
    make[1]: *** [profile-gen-stamp] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory ‘/home/pi/Python-3.8.0’
    Makefile:492: recipe for target ‘profile-run-stamp’ failed
    make: *** [profile-run-stamp] Error 2

    any idea what caused this?


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