Installing multiple versions of Python on Mac using Homebrew
Mac comes with Python 2.7 pre-installed, but some newer AI libraries prefer you use Python 3+. Here's how to configure your Mac so that you can easily install any version of Python. If you're a Ruby developer, you'll likely understand the power behind Ruby Version Manager or rbenv. This is pretty much the same thing for Python.
Step 1 - Install Homebrew
Since we will be using Homebrew manager to install our Python manager, here's a quick tutorial on how to install Homebrew for Mac users.
Step 2 - Install pyenv
pyenv is the python package manager.
brew install pyenv
Step 3 - Configure your Mac's environment
You will then want to configure your environmental variables and leave PyEnv to manage your packages.
echo 'eval "$(pyenv init -)"' >> ~/.bash_profile
You can activate your changes by running.
Step 4 - Install a version of Python
Install Python 3.x.x.
pyenv install 3.5.0
Step 5 - Install another version of Python
Install another version of Python
pyenv install 3.7.0
Step 6 - See all available versions of Python
If you want to list all of the available versions of Python, try:
pyenv install -l | grep -ow [0-9].[0-9].[0-9]
Step 7 - Set your working version of Python
See which versions of Python are installed.
Set a specific version of Python as your local version.