How to Install Python 3.9 on Debian 10
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Python is one of the world’s most popular programming languages. It is a versatile language used to build all kinds of applications, from simple scripts to complex machine learning algorithms. With its simple and easy to learn syntax, Python is a popular choice for beginners and experienced developers.
Python 3.9 is the latest major release of the Python language. It includes many new features such as new dict operators, new str functions, support for IANA time zone, and more .
In this article, we’ll show you how to install Python 3.9 on Debian 10.
Debian 10 ships with Python 3.7, which can be installed or updated using the
Installing Python 3.9 on Debian 10
Compiling Python from the source allows you to install the latest Python version and customize the build options. However, you won’t be able to maintain your Python installation through the
apt package manager.
Building Python 3.9 on Debian is a relatively straightforward process and will only take a few minutes.
Install the dependencies necessary to build Python:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential zlib1g-dev libncurses5-dev libgdbm-dev libnss3-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev libreadline-dev libffi-dev curl libbz2-dev
Once the download is complete, extract the gzipped archive :
tar -xf Python-3.9.1.tgz
Navigate to the Python source directory and execute the
--enable-optimizationsoption optimizes the Python binary by running multiple tests. This makes the build process slower.
The script runs a number of checks to make sure all of the dependencies on your system are present:
Start the Python 3.9 build process:
make -j 2
For faster build time, modify the
-jto correspond to the number of cores in your processor. You can find the number by typing
When the build process is complete, install the Python binaries by typing:
sudo make altinstall
installbecause later will overwrite the default system python3 binary.
That’s it. Python 3.9 has been installed and ready to be used. To verify it, type:
The output should show the Python version:
We’ve shown you how to install Python 3.9 on your Debian 10 system. You can now create a virtual environment and start developing your Python projects.
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to comment below.