Recently, the Python development team released the latest stable version of Python 3.9. You can download it from its official pages. The new version comes with multiple new features and security updates.
This tutorial will help you to install Python 3.9 on CentOS/RHEL 7 & Fedora systems. We will compile Python from the source code.
This Python installation required the GCC compiler on your system. Login to your server using ssh or shell access. Now, 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 1 – Download Python 3.9
Download Python using following command from python official site. You can also download the latest version in place of the specified below.
Then, extract the archive file on your system:
tar xzf Python-3.9.6.tgz
This will create a directory named Python-3.9.6 in the current directory.
Step 2 – Install Python 3.9 on CentOS
Change directory to Python-3.9.4 and use the following commands to compile Python source code on your system using
sudo ./configure --enable-optimizations
sudo make altinstall
Now remove downloaded source archive file from your system
sudo rm Python-3.9.6.tgz
Step 3 – Test Python Version
Check the latest version installed of python using the below command
python3.9 -VPython 3.9.6
In this tutorial, you have learned to install Python 3.9 on CentOS 7 and Fedora systems using source code.