This article will help you to install Python 2.7.18 on your Ubuntu, Debian and LinuxMint operating systems. At writing time of this article Python 3.4.5 latest stable version is available to download and install.

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  • Step 1 – Prerequisites

    You must have installed the following prerequisites on your system. Execute the following commands on your system to install all required dependencies to build Python 2.7.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall
    sudo apt-get install libreadline-gplv2-dev libncursesw5-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev tk-dev libgdbm-dev libc6-dev libbz2-dev
    

    Step 2 – Download Python 2.7

    Download Python using following command from python official site. You can also download latest version in place of specified below.

    cd /usr/src
    wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.7.18/Python-2.7.18.tgz
    

    Now extract the downloaded package.

    sudo tar xzf Python-2.7.18.tgz
    

    Step 3 – Compile Python Source

    Use below set of commands to compile Python source code on your system using altinstall.

    cd Python-2.7.18
    sudo ./configure --enable-optimizations
    sudo make altinstall
    

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

    Step 4 – Check Python Version

    Check the latest version installed of python using below command

    python2.7 -V
    
    Python 2.7.18