Install pip in Cygwin

pip is the most commonly used Python package manager. Pip can be installed in Cygwin from the Windows Command Prompt using the Cygwin Package Manager:

setup-x86_64 -P python38-pip

Some pip installable packages using compiled code require the Python development libraries and a C, C++ or Fortran compiler:

setup-x86_64 -P python38-devel gcc-core gcc-g++ gcc-fortran


From Cygwin Terminal:

python3.8 -m pip --version

will respond like:

pip 19.2.3 from /usr/lib/python3.8/site-packages/pip (python 3.8)

Note that it’s under /usr/lib and not a /cygdrive path to a regular Windows Python install.


For example, to install package “twine” for uploading your own PyPi packages:

python3.8 -m pip install twine


Instead of Cygwin, most Python work on Windows could use: