install beautiful soup using pip


I am trying to install BeautifulSoup using pip in Python 2.7. I keep getting an error message, and can't understand why.

I followed the instructions to install pip, which was installed to the following directory: c:\Python27\Scripts\pip.exe, then I tried adding it to the path, and running the pip install package command.

tried it two different ways:

import sys
pip install beautifulsoup4

import sys
pip install beautifulsoup4

both give me this error message:

>>> pip install beautifulsoup4
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

the shell is highlighting the word "install" and saying that it's invalid syntax.

I have no idea what's going on, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

11/13/2013 3:07:29 PM

Accepted Answer

pip is a command line tool, not Python syntax.

In other words, run the command in your console, not in the Python interpreter:

pip install beautifulsoup4

You may have to use the full path:

C:\Python27\Scripts\pip install beautifulsoup4

or even

C:\Python27\Scripts\pip.exe install beautifulsoup4

Windows will then execute the pip program and that will use Python to install the package.

Another option is to use the Python -m command-line switch to run the pip module, which then operates exactly like the pip command:

python -m pip install beautifulsoup4


python.exe -m pip install beautifulsoup4
4/24/2018 9:22:51 PM

The easy method that will work even in corrupted setup environment is :

To download and run it using command line



Extracting in c:\uu\uu\appdata\local\temp\tmpjxvil3 Now working in c:\u\u\appdata\local\temp\tmpjxvil3\setuptools-5.6 Installing Setuptools


pip install beautifulsoup4


Downloading/unpacking beautifulsoup4 Running ... egg_info for package Installing collected packages: beautifulsoup4 Running install for beautifulsoup4 Successfully installed beautifulsoup4 Cleaning up...

Bam ! |DoneĀ¬

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