PIP: Pip installs Packages

Pip is a package manager that comes bundled with Python (since version 2.7.9, and since 3.4)

You can use it to install things:


pip install grip

Here's a very easy to follow guide to using pip on windows

Making pip available (for visual studio users)

What I found in my case is that I didn't have pip available on my path, nor python for that matter.

But when I searched my program files, I found several versions of python under:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\

...then added the best one to my path, and it's sub directory scripts i also added to my path (as pip is in the scripts subfolder of python.)

Here are two folders I added in this case:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python37_86;
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Shared\Python37_86\Scripts;

Elevated console

I found that installing things with pip often requires an elevated shell.

Upgrading pip

Sometimes you see a message like this

WARNING: You are using pip version 19.2.3, however version 20.1 is available.
You should consider upgrading via the 'python -m pip install --upgrade pip' command.

So here is the upgrade command... again, need an elevated shell

python -m pip install --upgrade pip