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How to search Python library using command line tool

1. Open a Terminal or Command Prompt:

2. Use the pip search command:

To search for a Python library, you can use the following command:

pip search library_name

Replace library_name with the name of the library you are searching for. For example, if you are looking for a library related to data visualization, you might use:

pip search matplotlib

3. Review the Results:

The command will return a list of packages that match your search criteria. Each result typically includes the name of the package, a short description, and the latest version.


pip search matplotlib

This might return results like:

matplotlib (3.4.3)          - Python plotting package
  INSTALLED: 3.4.3 (latest)
mpl-scatter-confidence (0.0.4) - Matplotlib scatter plot with confidence ellipse


  • The pip search command searches the Python Package Index (PyPI), which is a repository of Python packages.
  • You can refine your search by providing more specific keywords. For example, if you are looking for a library related to machine learning, you might try searching for “machine learning” or a specific keyword related to your needs.
  • Keep in mind that the results may include multiple versions of a library, and the latest version is usually listed first.

This command-line approach is a quick way to find information about Python libraries without leaving your terminal or command prompt. After finding a library you’re interested in, you can use pip install to install it, e.g., pip install matplotlib.