Step 1 – Prerequaities

This Python installation required the GCC compiler on your system. Login to your server using ssh or shell access. Now, use the following command to install prerequisites for Python before installing it.

Read: How to Use SSH to Connect Remote Linux Server

Step 2 – Download Python 3.8

Download the Python from the Python official website. You can also download the latest version in place of the specified below. Now extract the downloaded package.

Step 3 – Install Python 3.8

Use the below set of commands to compile Python 3.8 from the source code and install using the altinstall command. make altinstall is used to prevent replacing the default python binary file /usr/bin/python. Now remove the downloaded source archive file from your system

Step 4 – Check Python Version

The Python 3.8 binary is installed under /usr/local/bin directory. As we have not overwritten the current Python version, you need to run Python 3.8 command as following: