Upgrade Python on CentOS
The version of python that is distributed with CentOS is the same of that for RHEL, which reads as not cutting edge. Typically this will be version 2.6, so even to run 2.7.6 you will need to build from source, but can still leverage yum to fetch all the dev tools you’ll need to build upgraded version of python. Here is how to upgrade python on CentOS for both 2.7 and 3.3. Tweak the version as you wish since newer versions will become available after this is posted.
Downloads Python-2.7.6.tar.xz and builds it.
#!/usr/bin/sh mkdir -p ~/python2.7 cd ~/python2.7 yum groupinstall -y development yum install -y bzip2-devel openssl-devel sqlite-devel wget xz-libs zlib-dev wget http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.7.6/Python-2.7.6.tar.xz xz -d Python-2.7.6.tar.xz tar -xvf Python-2.7.6.tar cd Python-2.7.6 ./configure --prefix=/usr/local make && make install
Same same but different. Python-3.3.3.tar.xz.
#!/usr/bin/sh mkdir -p ~/python3.3 cd ~/python3.3 yum groupinstall -y development yum install -y bzip2-devel openssl-devel sqlite-devel wget xz-libs zlib-dev wget http://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.3.3/Python-3.3.3.tar.xz xz -d Python-3.3.3.tar.xz tar -xvf Python-3.3.3.tar cd Python-3.3.3 ./configure make && make install