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August 2019

Install Python 3 virtualenv on Ubuntu

There are several ways of doing this, this one is my favourite

 

# Step 1: Update your repositories
sudo apt-get update

# Step 2: Install pip for Python 3
sudo apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python-dev
sudo apt install python3-pip

# Step 3: Use pip to install virtualenv
sudo pip3 install virtualenv 

# Step 4: Launch your Python 3 virtual environment, here the name of my virtual environment will be env3
virtualenv -p python3 env3

# Step 5: Activate your new Python 3 environment. There are two ways to do this
. env3/bin/activate # or source env3/bin/activate which does exactly the same thing

# you can make sure you are now working with Python 3
python -- version
# this command will show you what is going on: the python executable you are using is now located inside your virtualenv repository
which python 

# Step 6: code your stuff

# Step 7: done? leave the virtual environment
deactivate