[Solved] pip command not found after installed it

I’m stuck with an issue. I have a Python script that I would like to run on my OSX but seems that I crossed on many issues.

To run the script I should have both Python and Moviepy installed.

To install Moviepy I used this command:

sudo pip install moviepy

The response was:

sudo: pip: command not found

So I tried to install pip, with the command:

sudo easy_install pip

And got this answer:

Searching for pip
Best match: pip 9.0.1
Processing pip-9.0.1-py2.7.egg
pip 9.0.1 is already the active version in easy-install.pth

Using /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-9.0.1-py2.7.egg
Processing dependencies for pip
Finished processing dependencies for pip

I tried to run again the

sudo pip install moviepy

but I still got that issue. What I should do?


not sure on OSX, but can u try pip3 – Rehan Azher 23 mins ago

sudo pip3 install moviepy
sudo: pip3: command not found

It seems that pip is not in your path, but as long as Python can find it: sudo python -m pip install moviepy should do it. Check your $PATH env. variable, tho. – zwer 14 mins ago

sudo python -m pip install moviepy
/usr/bin/python: No module named pip


A good option for you is to consider installing pip using one of OSX’s
sources, like the apt program in Debian-based distributions, rather
than easy_install. – Shiva 4 hours ago

sudo apt install moviepy
Unable to locate an executable at "/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_131.jdk/Contents/Home/bin/apt" (-1)

No idea why everyone keeps getting stuck on this. You have a
fundamental decision to make when using Python. You either run Python
2.7 that Apple ships and which is ancient and doesn’t have pip or you use homebrew and install Python3 and pip3 and put /usr/local/bin at
the start of your PATH. But don’t try a mixture of the two. – Mark
Setchell 3 hours ago

Tried to install homebrew but it cannot find the package moviepy that I am looking for.

Enquirer: Andrew


Solution #1:

Try with this:

pip3 install package-name

This works for me!

Respondent: Andrew

Solution #2:

Yes, it’s a mess. Today, your best option is to leave the ageing, OS-provided version of Python (all the stuff in /Library/Python and similar) alone and start fresh.

It looks like you’ve already done this (since you have an executable at /usr/bin/python) but if not, the easiest way to get Python 2 is to use Homebrew. Install Homebrew using the instructions on the website and then use it to install Python:

brew install [email protected]2

Python 2.7.9+ comes with pip already, but if you’ve ended up with an older version then use python itself and to install pip (instead of easy_install, which is deprecated):

curl -o

Note that includes a copy of pip in order to install pip effectively. Yes, things are that bad.

Finally, note that Python 2 will be end of life in less than 6 months. If you have the luxury, consider skipping straight to Python 3. Then it’s as easy as:

brew install python

because pip3 comes with python3 since version 3.4. Homebrew manages to handle the installation of both Python 2 and Python 3 without conflict.

Note this procedure is different on every operating system and every month or two. But at least it should get you going for the foreseeable future.

Respondent: guillerey

Solution #3:

Can you go to python shell and type import pip? If that works, then it means the pip package is installed, but there is no command-line script/program available.

In my computer, the command-line pip program is actually a python script in itself, and is located in /usr/local/bin/, which is in my PATH. Below are the contents of my pip script.


import re
import sys

from pip import main

if __name__ == '__main__':
    sys.argv[0] = re.sub(r'(-script.pyw|.exe)?$', '', sys.argv[0])

This is a dirty trick. What you could do is to create a new file called pip in your /usr/local/bin/ directory (or similar for OSX) and copy the above lines into it.

sudo touch /usr/local/bin/pip # create a new empty file called "pip"
# ... open the file in your favorite editor, copy the above contents and save the file
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/pip # make it executable

The first line in the file (#!/usr/bin/python), called “Shebang”, points to the program that should execute this file when you run it on your command-line. You should put the path to the python program in your computer over there.

Respondent: Heath Raftery

Solution #4:

I Tried Everything and Nothing was working for me and after that, I tried

sudo apt install python3-pip

and It worked perfectly?

Respondent: Shiva

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