Install Python 3.7 on CentOS with all dependencies

In this post, I will go through installing Python 3.7 and all its dependencies on CentOS. Unlike Ubuntu, Python is not readily accessible using ‘yum’ package manager on CentOS. Therefore, we first need to install a few packages before installing Python.

$ sudo yum groupinstall -y "Development Tools"

$ sudo yum install –y gcc zlib-devel bzip2 bzip2-devel readline-devel sqlite sqlite-devel openssl-devel tk-devel libffi-devel xz-devel gdbm-devel ncurses-devel db4-devel wget

Now that we installed all the dependencies, we need to download the latest Python from its website, https://www.python.org/downloads/:

$ wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.4/Python-3.7.4.tgz

Then, we need to extract the files from the archive and configure the installation:

$ tar -xzvf Python-3.7.4.tgz

$ sudo sh Python-3.7.4/configure --enable-optimizations

Finally, we run the following command to install Python:

$ sudo make altinstall

Your Python is now installed in the following folder: /usr/local/bin/

Optionally, you can make a link to access your Python using python3 command:

$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/python3.7 /usr/bin/python3

$ sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/pip3.7 /usr/bin/pip3

Note, if you cannot access Python by typing “python3”, you may need to add the following line to your .bashrc file:

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin/

Note: Your .bashrc is located in your home folder.

Now, disconnect and then connect back to your machine.

Please let me know if you had any questions or concerns in the comment section.

MS SQL on MacOS: Connect to your database using Python

In this article series, I’ll review the tools and options to connect to an MS SQL server on macOS.

Table of contents:

Microsoft has released a beta version of its ODBC driver for macOS. Here is a quick and easy guide to connecting to your MS SQL using python.

The first thing you need is to install Homebrew.

Enter the following command in a terminal window to install Homebrew:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

Afterward, enter following commands in a terminal window to install Microsoft ODBC driver 13 for MacOS:

brew tap microsoft/msodbcsql https://github.com/Microsoft/homebrew-msodbcsql-preview
brew update
brew install msodbcsql

Next item you need to install is pyodbc by entering following command in a terminal:

pip install pyodbc

or depending on your python installation:

python3 -m pip install pyodbc

Now you have all the prerequisites to connect to your MS SQL database in python.

Now navigate to unixodbc folder using the following command:

cd /usr/local/Cellar/unixodbc/2.3.4

Here you have two files:



Open odbc.ini using the following command:

nano odbcinst.ini

There you will see the following information:

[ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server]
Description=Microsoft ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server

You need the copy the content in the square brackets which in my case is “ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server”.

Exit the editor and open a new file like this:

nano ~/tempfile

Add the following lines to this file:

Description = Test to SQLServer
Driver = ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server
Trace = No
Server = YourSQLServerAddress

Replace “ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server” with the content you copied in the square brackets. Also, write your SQL server address instead of “YourSQLServerAddress“. Save the file and exit Nano editor.

Now, enter the following command in terminal and enter your password:

sudo odbcinst -i -s -f ~/tempfile -l

To test your connection, open python editor and run the following script:

import pyodbc

DSN is the name you used in the temp file. Replace yourUserName and yourPassWord with the ones you use for your SQL server.

You will see an output similar to:

<pyodbc.Connection object at 0xfffffffff>

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