Python is a powerful, friendly, and easy to learn programming language. 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 from the source on your CentOS 8 and RHEL 8 Linux systems.
First of all, log in to your CentOS 8 system with a root or sudo privileged account.
Then use the following command to install the required development libraries for Python before installing it.
sudo dnf install gcc openssl-devel bzip2-devel libffi-devel
Downloading Python 3.8
You can download Python using the following command from its official site. We also recommend to visit python ftp directory to check for latest version. To download Python 3.8.5, use the following commands.
cd /opt wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.8.12/Python-3.8.12.tgz
Then, extract the downloaded archive on your system.
tar xzf Python-3.8.12.tgz
Install Python on CentOS 8
Switch to the extracted directory. Then configure the source files based on your system environment. After that use the following commands to compile Python source code on your system using
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
Using the above installation, Python creates a separate binary file on your system. To use Python 3.8, you need to use a specific binary file. To test Python 3.8, execute:
python3.8 -V Python 3.8.12
In this tutorial, you have learned to install Python 3.8 on CentOS 8 from source code.