ImportError: No module named pip


OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5 Python Ver: 2.7.5

I have installed setuptools 1.0 with from Then I download pip.1.4.1 pkg from

Run (sudo) python install in iTerm shows that

running install
running bdist_egg running egg_info writing requirements to
pip.egg-info/requires.txt writing pip.egg-info/PKG-INFO writing
top-level names to pip.egg-info/top_level.txt writing dependency_links
to pip.egg-info/dependency_links.txt writing entry points to
pip.egg-info/entry_points.txt warning: manifest_maker: standard file
"" not found

reading manifest file "pip.egg-info/SOURCES.txt" writing manifest file
"pip.egg-info/SOURCES.txt" installing library code to
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg running install_lib warning:
install_lib: "build/lib" does not exist -- no Python modules to

creating build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg creating
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO copying
pip.egg-info/PKG-INFO -> build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO
copying pip.egg-info/SOURCES.txt ->
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO copying
pip.egg-info/dependency_links.txt ->
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO copying
pip.egg-info/entry_points.txt ->
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO copying
pip.egg-info/not-zip-safe ->
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO copying
pip.egg-info/requires.txt ->
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO copying
pip.egg-info/top_level.txt ->
build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/EGG-INFO creating
"dist/pip-1.4.1-py2.7.egg" and adding
"build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg" to it removing
"build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg" (and everything under it)
Processing pip-1.4.1-py2.7.egg removing
(and everything under it) creating
Extracting pip-1.4.1-py2.7.egg to
/Users/dl/Library/Python/2.7/lib/python/site-packages pip 1.4.1 is
already the active version in easy-install.pth Installing pip script
to /Users/dl/Library/Python/2.7/bin Installing pip-2.7 script to

Processing dependencies for pip==1.4.1 Finished processing
dependencies for pip==1.4.1

Then I inputed pip install, the error message showed like that

Traceback (most recent call last):   File
"/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/pip", line 9,
in <module>
load_entry_point("pip==1.4.1", "console_scripts", "pip")()   File "build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/", line 357, in
load_entry_point   File
"build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/", line 2394, in
load_entry_point   File
"build/bdist.macosx-10.6-intel/egg/", line 2108, in
load ImportError: No module named pip

Anyone who met the same problem before and can give me some tips to solve it?

Answer rating: 235

I had the same problem. My solution:

For Python 3

sudo apt-get install python3-pip

For Python 2

sudo apt-get install python-pip

Answer rating: 186

On Mac using brew is a better option as apt-get is not available. Command:

brew install python

In case you have both python2 & python3 installed on machine

python2.7 -m ensurepip --default-pip

simply should solve the issue.

If instead you are missing pip from python 3 then simply change python2.7 to python3 in the command above.

Answer rating: 127

With macOS 10.15 and Homebrew 2.1.6 I was getting this error with Python 3.7. I just needed to run:

python3 -m ensurepip

Now python3 -m pip works for me.

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