Ubuntu 20.04: “Unable to locate package python-pip”

I started the upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 today and got a bit of a surprise when trying to install PIP so I could use the MaxMind geolite2 package:

root@ubuntu-rr58:/home/me# apt install python-pip
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package python-pip

The root problem here is Python 2 went EoS in January 2020 and does not ship with Ubuntu 20.  But, there is a hack to load certain Python 2 packages…

First, install python3-pip:

apt install python3-pip

Then try to install the python2 packages you’re looking for:

pip3 install python-geoip
pip3 install python-geoip-geolite2

Now, install Python 2.7:

sudo apt install python2

In your script, use sys.path.insert to add the Python3 packages directory.

#!/usr/bin/env python2

from __future__ import print_function
import sys
sys.path.insert(1, '/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/')
from geoip import geolite2


A better solution for this particular issue was migrate from geoip-geolite2 to , which is fully python3.


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