How to Install Python 3.8 on Amazon Linux

How to Install Python 3.8 on Amazon Linux

Python is a powerful programming language. It is very friendly and easy to learn. During the latest update of this article Python 3.8.0 (of Python 3.8 series) latest stable version is available to download and install. This tutorial will help you to install Python 3.8 on Amazon Linux systems.


Step 1 – Prerequaities

This Python installation required the GCC compiler on your system. Login to your server using ssh or shell access. Now, use the following command to install prerequisites for Python before installing it.

yum install gcc openssl-devel bzip2-devel libffi-devel

Step 2 – Download Python 3.8

Download the Python from the Python official website. You can also download the latest version in place of specified below.

cd /opt
sudo wget

Now extract the downloaded package.

sudo tar xzf Python-3.8.0.tgz

Step 3 – Install Python 3.8

Use the below set of commands to compile Python 3.8 from the source code and install using the altinstall command.

cd Python-3.8.0
sudo ./configure --enable-optimizations
sudo make altinstall

make altinstall is used to prevent replacing the default python binary file /usr/bin/python.

Now remove downloaded source archive file from your system

sudo rm /usr/src/Python-3.8.0.tgz

Step 4 – Check Python Version

The Python 3.8 binary is installed under /usr/local/bin directory. As we have not overwritten the current Python version, you need to run Python 3.8 command as following:

# python3.8 -V

Python 3.8.0