Installing Python 3.7-3.9 on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy LTS using PPA
Canonical recently announced the general availability of Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish LTS on April 21, 2022. Jammy has Python 3.10 installed already. Indeed, you can install more versions via the upstream repository, but it only provides Python 2.7 and Python 3.10 modules. In this article, I will show you how to install Python 3.7 up to 3.9
sudo apt install software-properties-common -y sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa -y sudo apt update sudo apt install python3.8
First of all, you’ll need the following package installed so we can import any PPA (Personal Package Archive) repositories:
sudo apt install software-properties-common -y
Then, we will import deadsnake’s PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa sudo apt update
You can then install previous Python versions, for example, Python 3.7:
sudo apt install python3.7
The maintainer of the PPA informs that they only ship Python 3.7 as the lowest version for Jammy, so if you wish to install the older version, you might want to install it for source.
Supported Ubuntu and Python Versions ==================================== - Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic) Python2.3 - Python 2.6, Python 3.1 - Python 3.5, Python3.7 - Python3.11 - Ubuntu 20.04 (focal) Python3.5 - Python3.7, Python3.9 - Python3.11 - Ubuntu 22.04 (jammy) Python3.7 - Python3.9, Python3.11 - Note: Python2.7 (all), Python 3.6 (bionic), Python 3.8 (focal), Python 3.10 (jammy) are not provided by deadsnakes as upstream ubuntu provides those packages.
The previous python installation does not provide
pip by default, so you will have to do:
python3.x -m ensurepip --upgrade
Then verify it using
Important Thing to Note
Never change the default Python version of Ubuntu, as it will break many things. Either by changing
python3 symlink or using
To summarize the article, it is easy to install previous versions of Python on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy LTS thanks to deadsnake team’s PPA. Hopefully, you find this tutorial article helpful for your present and upcoming projects.
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