Sunday, April 29, 2018

python pip throwing SSL: TLSV1 alert (SOLUTION)

I recently ran into an issue with Python pip, where I attempted to run a 'pip install' of a module and was presented with the following error:
> pip install pymongo
Collecting pymongo
Could not fetch URL There was a problem confirming the ssl certificate: [SSL: TLSV1_ALERT_PROTOCOL_VERSION] tlsv1 alert protocol version (_ssl.c:590) - skipping
Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement pymongo (from versions: )
No matching distribution found for pymongo

No matter what I did (install, update and even just search the pip repository) I was presented with this same error.  It was certainly a hard, fast stop to whatever I was attempting to do.

But, after some googling and reading of many people's accounts of their trials and tribulations attempting to solve it, I finally found a solution that works.  I happened upon the this posting on StackOverflow, which leads you to the fact that you have to upgrade pip.  Unfortunately, attempting to upgrade it with itself will fail as above.  But, you should instead run the following:

curl | python

That upgraded pip directly from the website using its install script.  It is a work around, yes, but one that seems to have worked for me (and apparently others).  Hopefully this solves your issue(s) as well.

**UPDATE: You will need to run the curl command in each virtualenv environment that you have, as each one will have its own installation of python.

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