Python 2 may be considered outdated, but there are still scenarios where you need it. If you’re a macOS user, here’s a straightforward guide to help you install Python 2 using Pyenv, a powerful Python version management tool. Before we begin, ensure you have Homebrew (brew) installed, as it simplifies the process.
- Homebrew (brew) should be installed.
Follow these steps:
Install Pyenv Open your terminal and run the following command to install Pyenv using Homebrew:
brew install pyenv
Verify Pyenv Installation Ensure that Pyenv is successfully installed by checking its version:
You should see something like:
Install Python 2 Now that Pyenv is in place, you can easily install Python 2.7.18 with the following command:
pyenv install 2.7.18
This step might take a few minutes, depending on your internet speed.
Verify Python 2 Installation To confirm that Python 2.7.18 is installed correctly, run the following:
You should see the Python 2 version displayed.
Configure Your Shell Profile To make your Python 2 installation accessible from anywhere in your terminal, you need to add its path to your shell profile. Open your shell profile configuration file (usually
~/.bashrc for Bash or
~/.zshrc for Zsh) in your preferred text editor. For example:
Add Python 2 Path Within your shell profile configuration, add the following line at the end, replacing
/Users/your_username/ with your actual username:
Save the file and exit the text editor.
Source Your Shell Profile To apply the changes immediately, source your shell profile:
Now, Python 2 is installed on your macOS using Pyenv, and you can access it from anywhere in your terminal. This guide ensures you can continue to work with Python 2 when needed while maintaining a clean and organized development environment.