At the writing time of this article Python 3.7.9 latest stable version of 3.7 series is available to install. This article will help you to install Python 3.7.9 on Ubuntu and LinuxMint operating system. You can visit here to read more about Python releases.

Prerequisites

It is an good practice to keep packages up to date. So, first of all upgrade current packages on your system by running following commands.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Then, Use the following command to install prerequisites for Python before installing it.

sudo apt-get install wget build-essential checkinstall
sudo apt-get install libreadline-gplv2-dev libncursesw5-dev libssl-dev 
    libsqlite3-dev tk-dev libgdbm-dev libc6-dev libbz2-dev libffi-dev zlib1g-dev

Step 1 – Download Python 3.7

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

cd /usr/src
sudo wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.9/Python-3.7.9.tgz

After finishing the downloading, extract the archive file.

sudo tar xzf Python-3.7.9.tgz

Step 2 – Install Python 3.7

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

cd Python-3.7.9
sudo ./configure --enable-optimizations
sudo make altinstall

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

Step 3 – Check Python Version

Check the latest version installed of python using below command

python3.7 -V

Python-3.7.9

Conclusion

This tutorial helps you to install Python 3.7 on your Ubuntu, Debian and Linuxmint systems.