Install pip in Cygwin

pip is the Python package manager, which comes installed by default in just about every Python distribution except Cygwin. Alternatives to pip include:

  • conda: Python packages, R packages and compilers
  • twine: Python packages from PyPi, a more modern Python package manager

Most serious Python work on Windows should instead use:


from Windows Command Prompt:

setup-x86_64 -P python3-pip python3-devel gcc-g++ gcc-fortran


which pip3

should respond


not some Windows path you might have for Anaconda Python.


For example, to install package simplekml that enables Pythonic KML writing:

python3 -m pip install simplekml

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Written by Michael Hirsch, Ph.D. //