import pip and Python 3 fun

 The Python preferred installer program, pip, allows "easy" installation of third-party modules, like a current favorite pyperclip.
There differences of opinion on what pip stands for. :-)

Unfortunately starting pip in each environment is annoyingly different. See WINDOWS PIP

So why not import pip and run the main() function from the IDLE environment ?
Well, the designer didn't really test that, so PIP goes BOOM when called IDLE , but we can fix it!
Thanks to mahanmarwat (Mahan Marwat) for going here first and leaving a solution for us to work from, see BREADCRUMBS below:


So if we patch pip as shown, we CAN get our nice new pyperclip module via pip from IDLE :-)

A patch to pip for execution from IDLE

c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32\Lib\site-packages\pip\compat>diff -c RCS\
*** "RCS\\"  Wed Nov 16 10:47:42 2016
--- Wed Nov 16 10:51:44 2016
*** 70,76 ****
  if sys.version_info >= (3,):
      def console_to_str(s):
!             return s.decode(sys.__stdout__.encoding)
          except UnicodeDecodeError:
              return s.decode('utf_8')

--- 70,78 ----
  if sys.version_info >= (3,):
      def console_to_str(s):
!             print ("[console_to_str]", s.decode(sys.getdefaultencoding()) )
!             return s.decode(sys.getdefaultencoding())
! #           return s.decode(sys.__stdout__.encoding)
          except UnicodeDecodeError:
              return s.decode('utf_8')

c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32\Lib\site-packages\pip\compat>

After Patch, we can run pip from IDLE

Remember to exit IDLE (or start another instance).

Don't try to unimport/reload the pip module, as it is complicated in Python 3

(and in Python 2 it was decided it wasn't worth it (five years at least))

pip working from IDLE part 1
pip works from IDLE (and pyperclip works too)



On a Windows install you might do this to run the pip module from the command line:
(using CMD's TAB Autocomplete to avoid typing those long directory names)

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\student>cd "c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32"

c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32>

c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32>python -m pip help

  c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32\python.exe -m pip <command> [options]

  install                     Install packages.
  download                    Download packages.
  uninstall                   Uninstall packages.
  freeze                      Output installed packages in requirements format.
  list                        List installed packages.
  show                        Show information about installed packages.
  check                       Verify installed packages have compatible dependen
  search                      Search PyPI for packages.
  wheel                       Build wheels from your requirements.
  hash                        Compute hashes of package archives.
  completion                  A helper command used for command completion.
  help                        Show help for commands.

General Options:
  -h, --help                  Show help.
  --isolated                  Run pip in an isolated mode, ignoring
                              environment variables and user configuration.
  -v, --verbose               Give more output. Option is additive, and can be
                              used up to 3 times.
  -V, --version               Show version and exit.
  -q, --quiet                 Give less output. Option is additive, and can be
                              used up to 3 times (corresponding to WARNING,
                              ERROR, and CRITICAL logging levels).
  --log <path>                Path to a verbose appending log.
  --proxy <proxy>             Specify a proxy in the form
  --retries <retries>         Maximum number of retries each connection should
                              attempt (default 5 times).
  --timeout <sec>             Set the socket timeout (default 15 seconds).
  --exists-action <action>    Default action when a path already exists:
                              (s)witch, (i)gnore, (w)ipe, (b)ackup, (a)bort.
  --trusted-host <hostname>   Mark this host as trusted, even though it does
                              not have valid or any HTTPS.
  --cert <path>               Path to alternate CA bundle.
  --client-cert <path>        Path to SSL client certificate, a single file
                              containing the private key and the certificate
                              in PEM format.
  --cache-dir <dir>           Store the cache data in <dir>.
  --no-cache-dir              Disable the cache.
                              Don't periodically check PyPI to determine
                              whether a new version of pip is available for
                              download. Implied with --no-index.

c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32>pip
'pip' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

c:\Program Files (x86)\Python35-32>
REM Darn cannot run pip directly


Others have had this idea of calling pip from inside programs,

as documented by PYPA

pip assumes sys.__stdout__ has a stream #3356


Can Not Import Pip #1957

pip fix for running as or in a GUI


PIP goes boom when called from IDLE