Python is one of the most widely used programming languages in the world. With its simple and easy to learn syntax, Python is a popular choice for beginners and experienced developers. Python is quite a versatile programming language. It can be used to build all kinds of applications, from simple scrips to complex machine learning algorithms.
Python 3.8 is the latest major release of the Python language. It includes many new features such as assignment expressions, positional-only parameters, f-strings support, and more.
Python 3.8 is not available in Ubuntu’s default repositories. In this tutorial, we’ll cover two different ways to install Python 3.8 on Ubuntu 18.04. The first option is to install the deb package from the deadsnakes PPA, and the second one is by building from the source code.
The same steps apply for Ubuntu 16.04 and any Ubuntu-based distribution, including Kubuntu, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS.
Installing Python 3.8 on Ubuntu with apt is a relatively straightforward process and takes only a few minutes:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
When prompted press
Enter to continue:
Press [ENTER] to continue or Ctrl-c to cancel adding it.
sudo apt install python3.8
At this point, Python 3.8 is installed on your Ubuntu system, and you can start using it.
In this section, we’ll explain how to compile Python 3.8 from the source.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential zlib1g-dev libncurses5-dev libgdbm-dev libnss3-dev libssl-dev libreadline-dev libffi-dev libsqlite3-dev wget
At the time of writing this article, the latest release is
tar -xf Python-3.8.0.tgz
configurescript which performs a number of checks to make sure all of the dependencies on your system are present:
--enable-optimizations option optimizes the Python binary by running multiple tests. This makes the build process slower.
make -j 8
For faster build time, modify the
-j to correspond to the number of cores in your processor. You can find the number by typing
sudo make altinstall
Do not use the standard
make install as it will overwrite the default system python3 binary.
The output should show the Python version:
You have installed Python 3.8 on your Ubuntu 18.04 machine, and you can start developing your Python 3 project.