How to upgrade to the latest Python version on Linux Ubuntu Debian Mint 3.11

A lot of developers want to go to 3.11 because of the speed improvements, but most distros never have the latest Python version.

Using the deadsnakes third party repo is the easiest way aside from compiling it yourself (which is safer and recommended):

Step 1 - Add the repo

apt-add-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa

If you get an error about requests then install it:

pip3 install requests
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintSources/", line 11, in
    import requests
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'requests'

pip3 install requests
Collecting requests
  Downloading (63kB)
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Collecting certifi>=2017.4.17 (from requests)
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Collecting urllib3<1.27,>=1.21.1 (from requests)
  Downloading (143kB)
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Requirement already satisfied: idna<4,>=2.5; python_version >= "3" in /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages (from requests)
Collecting charset-normalizer~=2.0.0; python_version >= "3" (from requests)
Installing collected packages: certifi, urllib3, charset-normalizer, requests
Successfully installed certifi-2023.7.22 charset-normalizer-2.0.12 requests-2.27.1 urllib3-1.26.17

Installation of the deadsnakes ppa

Unable to init server: Could not connect: Connection refused
Unable to init server: Could not connect: Connection refused
You are about to add the following PPA:
 This PPA contains more recent Python versions packaged for Ubuntu.

Disclaimer: there's no guarantee of timely updates in case of security problems or other issues. If you want to use them in a security-or-otherwise-critical environment (say, on a production server), you do so at your own risk.

Update Note
Please use this repository instead of ppa:fkrull/deadsnakes.

Reporting Issues

Issues can be reported in the master issue tracker at:

Supported Ubuntu and Python Versions

- Ubuntu 20.04 (focal) Python3.5 - Python3.7, Python3.9 - Python3.11
- Ubuntu 22.04 (jammy) Python3.7 - Python3.9, Python3.11
- Note: Python2.7 (all), Python 3.8 (focal), Python 3.10 (jammy) are not provided by deadsnakes as upstream ubuntu provides those packages.

Why some packages aren't built:
- Note: for focal, older python versions require libssl<1.1 so they are not currently built
- Note: for jammy, older python versions requre libssl<3 so they are not currently built
- If you need these, reach out to asottile to set up a private ppa

The packages may also work on other versions of Ubuntu or Debian, but that is not tested or supported.


The packages provided here are loosely based on the debian upstream packages with some modifications to make them more usable as non-default pythons and on ubuntu.  As such, the packages follow debian's patterns and often do not include a full python distribution with just `apt install python#.#`.  Here is a list of packages that may be useful along with the default install:

- `python#.#-dev`: includes development headers for building C extensions
- `python#.#-venv`: provides the standard library `venv` module
- `python#.#-distutils`: provides the standard library `distutils` module
- `python#.#-lib2to3`: provides the `2to3-#.#` utility as well as the standard library `lib2to3` module
- `python#.#-gdbm`: provides the standard library `dbm.gnu` module
- `python#.#-tk`: provides the standard library `tkinter` module

Third-Party Python Modules

Python modules in the official Ubuntu repositories are packaged to work with the Python interpreters from the official repositories. Accordingly, they generally won't work with the Python interpreters from this PPA. As an exception, pure-Python modules for Python 3 will work, but any compiled extension modules won't.

To install 3rd-party Python modules, you should use the common Python packaging tools.  For an introduction into the Python packaging ecosystem and its tools, refer to the Python Packaging User Guide:

The package sources are available at:

Nightly Builds

For nightly builds, see ppa:deadsnakes/nightly
 More info:
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Install Python 3.11

apt update

apt install python3.11

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  libpython3.11-minimal libpython3.11-stdlib python3.11-minimal
Suggested packages:
  python3.11-venv binfmt-support
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libpython3.11-minimal libpython3.11-stdlib python3.11 python3.11-minimal
0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
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After this operation, 21.9 MB of additional disk space will be used.
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Get:4 focal/main amd64 python3.11 amd64 3.11.5-1+focal1 [620 kB]
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You may have to manually invoke as you'll see in Ubuntu 20 it uses the default 3.8 still:

ls -al /usr/bin/python3
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Mar 13  2020 /usr/bin/python3 -> python3.8

Or if you can take the risk in a testing environment, change the symlink for python3 to point to python3.11

pip won't work either, so you can use venv or do this (if it's a testing/dev environment):


Collecting pip
  Obtaining dependency information for pip from
  Downloading pip-23.2.1-py3-none-any.whl.metadata (4.2 kB)
Downloading pip-23.2.1-py3-none-any.whl (2.1 MB)
   ━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ 2.1/2.1 MB 36.3 MB/s eta 0:00:00
Installing collected packages: pip
  Attempting uninstall: pip
    Found existing installation: pip 20.0.2
    Uninstalling pip-20.0.2:
      Successfully uninstalled pip-20.0.2
Successfully installed pip-23.2.1
WARNING: Running pip as the 'root' user can result in broken permissions and conflicting behaviour with the system package manager. It is recommended to use a virtual environment instead:


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