Python is a powerful programming language. It is very friendly and easy to learn. At the writing time of this article Python 3.8 latest stable version is available to download and install. This article will help you to install Python 3.8.12 on your CentOS, Red Hat & Fedora operating systems.
Step 1 – Install Required Packages
Use the following command to install prerequisites for Python before installing it.
sudo yum install gcc openssl-devel bzip2-devel libffi-devel zlib-devel
Step 2 – Download Python 3.8
Download Python using following command from python official site. You can also download the latest version in place of the specified below.
cd /opt wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.8.12/Python-3.8.12.tgz
Now extract the downloaded package.
tar xzf Python-3.8.12.tgz
Step 3 – Compile Python Source
Use below set of commands to compile python source code on your system using altinstall.
cd Python-3.8.12 sudo ./configure --enable-optimizations sudo make altinstall
Now remove downloaded source archive file from your system
sudo rm Python-3.8.12.tgz
Step 4 – Check Python Version
Check the latest version installed of python using the following command.
python3.8 -V Python 3.8.12