pipx is a tool to install and run any of these thousands of application-containing packages in a safe, convenient, and reliable way. In a way, it turns Python Package Index (PyPI) into a big app store for Python applications.
It’s closely related to pip. In fact, it uses pip, but is focused on installing and managing Python packages that can be run from the command line directly as applications.
Best of all, pipx runs with regular user permissions. pipx never needs to run as
HOW TO INSTALL
Before you try to install pipx, make sure you have Python 3.6+, Pip and venv. But if you’re interested in reading this article, you’re probably already up to date with dependencies.
You can install pipx via pip. First run
python3 -m pip install --user pipx and then run
python3 -m pipx ensurepath.
macOS users can also install via Homebrew. Just run
brew install pipx and then
run pipx ensurepath.
On Arch Linux pipx is available IN the official repositories. So you can install it with
sudo pacman -S python-pipxand then run
pipx ensurepath. I can only assume pipx is also available on other distros. If it isn’t available in the official/community repos, you can always install via pip.
HOW TO USE
To install a python app run
pipx install package. The default binary location for pipx-installed apps is
~/.local/bin. This can be overridden with the environment variable
pipx’s default virtual environment location is
~/.local/pipx. This can be overridden with the environment variable
To list all the installed apps run
To uninstall an app run
pipx uninstall package or
pipx uninstall-all to uninstall all installed packages. If you want to run a python app without actually installing it, you can use
pipx run package.
To reinstall a package you can run
pipx reinstall packageor
pipx reinstall-all to reinstall all installed packages. Also, if you want to upgrade a package you can run
pipx upgrade package or run
pipx upgrade-allto upgrade all installed packages.
pipx is very well documented, so going into greater detail would be a matter or pointless copy-paste. You can learn more about it on pipx’s Github page. Also don’t forget to run