Python pip: Upgrade Packages Command Under Unix or Linux

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How do I upgrade packages installed via Python pip command under Unix or Linux command line?

You need to use the following syntax to upgrade pakcage using the pip command under Unix or Linux operating systems:

pip install PackageNameHere --upgrade


pip install PackageNameHere -U

In this example, I’m upgrading ftp-cloudfs package installed previously with the pip command:
$ pip install ftp-cloudfs --upgrade
Sample outputs:

Downloading/unpacking ftp-cloudfs from
  Downloading ftp-cloudfs-0.19.tar.gz
  Running egg_info for package ftp-cloudfs
Requirement already up-to-date: pyftpdlib in ./py_virtual/lib/python2.6/site-packages (from ftp-cloudfs)
Requirement already up-to-date: python-cloudfiles in ./py_virtual/lib/python2.6/site-packages (from ftp-cloudfs)
Requirement already up-to-date: python-daemon in ./py_virtual/lib/python2.6/site-packages (from ftp-cloudfs)
Requirement already up-to-date: python-memcached in ./py_virtual/lib/python2.6/site-packages (from ftp-cloudfs)
Downloading/unpacking setuptools from (from python-daemon->ftp-cloudfs)
  Downloading setuptools-0.6c12dev-r88846.tar.gz (257kB): 257kB downloaded
  Running egg_info for package setuptools
Requirement already up-to-date: lockfile>=0.9 in ./py_virtual/lib/python2.6/site-packages (from python-daemon->ftp-cloudfs)
Installing collected packages: ftp-cloudfs, setuptools
  Found existing installation: ftp-cloudfs 0.18
    Uninstalling ftp-cloudfs:
      Successfully uninstalled ftp-cloudfs
  Running install for ftp-cloudfs
    changing mode of build/scripts-2.6/ftpcloudfs from 644 to 755
    changing mode of /home/vivek/py_virtual/bin/ftpcloudfs to 755
  Found existing installation: setuptools 0.6c11
    Uninstalling setuptools:
      Successfully uninstalled setuptools
  Running install for setuptools
    Installing easy_install script to /home/vivek/py_virtual/bin
    Installing easy_install-2.6 script to /home/vivek/py_virtual/bin
Successfully installed ftp-cloudfs setuptools
Cleaning up...

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

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