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Hi there Pythonistas. A news has arrived that pip will be available by default with python 3.4. PEP 453 which was “Explicit bootstrapping of pip in Python installations” has been accepted. Python 3.4 which has entered into the beta phase after the release of final alpha will have pip by default. If you are new to python then you might be wondering what pip is ? Pip is a tool for installing and managing Python packages. Previously easy_install has been the most used package manager. 

_EasyInstall is a python module (easy_install) bundled with setuptools that lets you automatically download, build, install, and manage Python packages but has a lot of weak points in front of pip. In order to use pip you first have to install it by using _easyinstall. Why pip is better:

  • The command is simpler, shorter
  • First-class support of virtualenv
  • More commands than just install, including uninstallpip bundlepip freeze and pip search are pretty nice as well.
  • Can install from a VCS (via -e), or from source
  • Requirements files are easy to use, clearly describes what happens in its process
  • If it can not download all the dependencies, it will not install anything (though I don’t think it rolls stuff back if an installation fails

I hope you are as much happy as I am with the acceptance of this PEP. Do share your views in the comments below and don’t forget to share this post and follow this blog in order to get the latest news relating with the python world.