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How do I install python on alpine linux?


How can I install python3 and python3-pip without utilizing a python image on an alpine based image?

 $ apk add --update python3.8 python3-pip
 ERROR: unsatisfiable constraints:
   python3-pip (missing):
     required by: world[python3-pip]
   python3.8 (missing):
     required by: world[python3.8]

Asked by Cutaraca

Solution #1

In a Dockerfile for an Alpine image, I use the following:

# Install python/pip
RUN apk add --update --no-cache python3 && ln -sf python3 /usr/bin/python
RUN python3 -m ensurepip
RUN pip3 install --no-cache --upgrade pip setuptools

Answered by Terry Spotts

Solution #2

Visit for further information. The python3 and py3-pip packages are what you’re looking for.

The following command would be appropriate to use inside a dockerfile/etc:

apk add --no-cache python3 py3-pip

The —no-cache flag is explained.

However, because py3-pip is not present on main, you must add the community repository.

Answered by Linus H.

Solution #3

Install py3-pip instead of python3-pip.

apk add --update python3 py3-pip

Answered by ali mirmohammadi

Solution #4

This command is worth a shot.

Answered by adobean

Solution #5

You can also use the official Python image, which includes alpine tags. You’ll almost certainly obtain the latest up-to-date Python installation:


FROM python:3-alpine

Answered by Vincent Pazeller

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