# Macos – pip not working on hombrew python 2.7 install

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I've installed python using homebrew and I can't invoke pip from the bash. I've tried amending my .bash_profile to include /usr/local/bin/python and /usr local/share/python to no avail.

When I use the bash command:

find / -name 'pip'


The only results I get are:

/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/pip-1.5.6-py2.7.egg/pip
/Users/Ivan/Library/Caches/pip
/Users/Ivan/Library/Logs/pip
/usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.9/libexec/pip
/usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.9/libexec/pip/pip
/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pip


None of which are an executable.

I don't really know where to point my $PATH as I can't find the pip executable. When I open /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pip  or /usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.9/libexec/pip/pip  I find the following files: __init__.py commands operations __init__.pyc compat pep425tags.py __main__.py download.py pep425tags.pyc __main__.pyc download.pyc req _vendor exceptions.py status_codes.py basecommand.py exceptions.pyc status_codes.pyc basecommand.pyc index.py utils baseparser.py index.pyc vcs baseparser.pyc locations.py wheel.py cmdoptions.py locations.pyc wheel.pyc cmdoptions.pyc models  None of which are an executable. I would appreciate the help of anyone with more experience than me. Edit: I tried the steps suggested by Marco: Here are the results to the steps: 1. echo$PATH shows a few directories:
/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/mysql/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/texbin:/opt/X11/bin:/usr/local/mysql/bin

2. which -a python returns:
/usr/local/bin/python
/usr/local/bin/python

nothing is returned for which -a pip

1. which python returns:
/usr/local/bin/python

nothing is returned for which pip

1. ls -l $(which python) returns a single directory: lrwxr-xr-x 1 Ivan admin 33 17 May 08:59 /usr/local/bin/python -> ../Cellar/python/2.7.9/bin/python ls -l$(which pip) returns several, including the python files that I showed in my original post

Generally, homebrew will install a formula into /usr/local/Cellar/formula and then place a link at /usr/local/bin/formula.

To make use of your installed formulae, make sure /usr/local/bin is in your $PATH. Show your $PATH by typing

echo $PATH  If /usr/local/bin is not in your $PATH, put this line at the end of your ~/.profile file.

export PATH="/usr/local/bin:$PATH"  Now, check what pythons are found on your OSX by typing: which -a python  There should be one python found at /usr/bin/ (the Apple python) and one at /usr/local/bin/ which is the Homebrew python. which python  will show you, which python is found first in your $PATH and will be executed when you invoke python.

If you want to know, where the executable is, show it by typing

ls -l \$(which python)


This could look like this: lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 68 7 Mai 13:22 python -> /usr/local/bin/python

This will work for pip as well.

If you show the results of this steps, we can probably help you much easier.

-- UPDATE --

You have /usr/local/bin/python linked to /usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.9/bin/python. -> brew install python worked.

show, if pip is installed by typing

brew list python | grep pip


You should see

/usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.9/bin/pip


If not, check, if there are links, which are not done with brew install. Told you something like this:

"Error: The brew link step did not complete successfully
The formula built, but is not symlinked into /usr/local"


To force the link and overwrite all conflicting files:

brew link --overwrite python


To list all files that would be deleted:

brew link --overwrite --dry-run python


** NO standard Apple /usr/bin/python **

link from /usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.9/bin/python to /usr/bin/python

ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/python/2.7.9/bin/python /usr/bin/python


This is necessary for all python scripts beginning with #!/usr/bin/python. Especialy easy_install will fail, if link is not there.

Now, you are able to run

easy_install pip


Hope, you're making progress