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pipx --help
usage: pipx [-h] [--version]
            {install,inject,upgrade,upgrade-all,uninstall,uninstall-all,reinstall-all,list,run,runpip,ensurepath,completions}
            ...

Install and execute apps from Python packages.

Binaries can either be installed globally into isolated Virtual Environments
or run directly in an temporary Virtual Environment.

Virtual Environment location is ~/.local/pipx/venvs.
Symlinks to apps are placed in ~/.local/bin.
These locations can be overridden with the environment variables
PIPX_HOME and PIPX_BIN_DIR, respectively. (Virtual Environments will
be installed to $PIPX_HOME/venvs)

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --version             Print version and exit

subcommands:
  Get help for commands with pipx COMMAND --help

  {install,inject,upgrade,upgrade-all,uninstall,uninstall-all,reinstall-all,list,run,runpip,ensurepath,completions}
    install             Install a package
    inject              Install packages into an existing Virtual Environment
    upgrade             Upgrade a package
    upgrade-all         Upgrade all packages. Runs `pip install -U <pkgname>`
                        for each package.
    uninstall           Uninstall a package
    uninstall-all       Uninstall all packages
    reinstall-all       Reinstall all packages with a different Python
                        executable
    list                List installed packages
    run                 Download the latest version of a package to a
                        temporary virtual environment, then run an app from
                        it. Also compatible with local `__pypackages__`
                        directory (experimental).
    runpip              Run pip in an existing pipx-managed Virtual
                        Environment
    ensurepath          Ensure directory where pipx stores apps is on your
                        PATH environment variable. Note that running this may
                        modify your shell's configuration file(s) such as
                        '~/.bashrc'.
    completions         Print instructions on enabling shell completions for
                        pipx

pipx install

pipx install --help
usage: pipx install [-h] [--spec SPEC] [--include-deps] [--verbose] [--force]
                    [--python PYTHON] [--system-site-packages]
                    [--index-url INDEX_URL] [--editable] [--pip-args PIP_ARGS]
                    package

The install command is the preferred way to globally install apps
from python packages on your system. It creates an isolated virtual
environment for the package, then ensures the package's apps are
accessible on your $PATH.

The result: apps you can run from anywhere, located in packages
you can cleanly upgrade or uninstall. Guaranteed to not have
dependency version conflicts or interfere with your OS's python
packages. 'sudo' is not required to do this.

pipx install PACKAGE
pipx install --python PYTHON PACKAGE
pipx install --spec VCS_URL PACKAGE
pipx install --spec ZIP_FILE PACKAGE
pipx install --spec TAR_GZ_FILE PACKAGE

The argument to `--spec` is passed directly to `pip install`.

The default virtual environment location is ~/.local/pipx
and can be overridden by setting the environment variable `PIPX_HOME`
 (Virtual Environments will be installed to `$PIPX_HOME/venvs`).

The default app location is ~/.local/bin and can be
overridden by setting the environment variable `PIPX_BIN_DIR`.

positional arguments:
  package               package name

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --spec SPEC           The package name or specific installation source
                        passed to pip. Runs `pip install -U SPEC`. For example
                        `--spec mypackage==2.0.0` or `--spec
                        git+https://github.com/user/repo.git@branch`
  --include-deps        Include apps of dependent packages
  --verbose
  --force, -f           Modify existing virtual environment and files in
                        PIPX_BIN_DIR
  --python PYTHON       The Python executable used to create the Virtual
                        Environment and run the associated app/apps. Must be
                        v3.3+.
  --system-site-packages
                        Give the virtual environment access to the system
                        site-packages dir.
  --index-url INDEX_URL, -i INDEX_URL
                        Base URL of Python Package Index
  --editable, -e        Install a project in editable mode
  --pip-args PIP_ARGS   Arbitrary pip arguments to pass directly to pip
                        install/upgrade commands

pipx run

pipx run --help
usage: pipx run [-h] [--no-cache] [--pypackages] [--spec SPEC] [--verbose]
                [--python PYTHON] [--system-site-packages]
                [--index-url INDEX_URL] [--editable] [--pip-args PIP_ARGS]
                app ...

Download the latest version of a package to a temporary virtual environment,
then run an app from it. The environment will be cached
and re-used for up to 14 days. This
means subsequent calls to 'run' for the same package will be faster
since they can re-use the cached Virtual Environment.

In support of PEP 582 'run' will use apps found in a local __pypackages__
 directory, if present. Please note that this behavior is experimental,
 and is a acts as a companion tool to pythonloc. It may be modified or
 removed in the future. See https://github.com/cs01/pythonloc.

positional arguments:
  app                   app/package name
  appargs               arguments passed to the application when it is invoked

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --no-cache            Do not re-use cached virtual environment if it exists
  --pypackages          Require app to be run from local __pypackages__
                        directory
  --spec SPEC           The package name or specific installation source
                        passed to pip. Runs `pip install -U SPEC`. For example
                        `--spec mypackage==2.0.0` or `--spec
                        git+https://github.com/user/repo.git@branch`
  --verbose
  --python PYTHON       The Python version to run package's CLI app with. Must
                        be v3.3+.
  --system-site-packages
                        Give the virtual environment access to the system
                        site-packages dir.
  --index-url INDEX_URL, -i INDEX_URL
                        Base URL of Python Package Index
  --editable, -e        Install a project in editable mode
  --pip-args PIP_ARGS   Arbitrary pip arguments to pass directly to pip
                        install/upgrade commands

pipx upgrade

pipx upgrade --help
usage: pipx upgrade [-h] [--spec SPEC] [--force] [--include-deps]
                    [--system-site-packages] [--index-url INDEX_URL]
                    [--editable] [--pip-args PIP_ARGS] [--verbose]
                    package

Upgrade a package in a pipx-managed Virtual Environment by running 'pip
install --upgrade PACKAGE'

positional arguments:
  package

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --spec SPEC           The package name or specific installation source
                        passed to pip. Runs `pip install -U SPEC`. For example
                        `--spec mypackage==2.0.0` or `--spec
                        git+https://github.com/user/repo.git@branch`
  --force, -f           Modify existing virtual environment and files in
                        PIPX_BIN_DIR
  --include-deps        Include apps of dependent packages
  --system-site-packages
                        Give the virtual environment access to the system
                        site-packages dir.
  --index-url INDEX_URL, -i INDEX_URL
                        Base URL of Python Package Index
  --editable, -e        Install a project in editable mode
  --pip-args PIP_ARGS   Arbitrary pip arguments to pass directly to pip
                        install/upgrade commands
  --verbose

pipx upgrade-all

pipx upgrade-all --help
usage: pipx upgrade-all [-h] [--include-deps] [--system-site-packages]
                        [--index-url INDEX_URL] [--editable]
                        [--pip-args PIP_ARGS] [--skip SKIP [SKIP ...]]
                        [--force] [--verbose]

Upgrades all packages within their virtual environments by running 'pip
install --upgrade PACKAGE'

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --include-deps        Include apps of dependent packages
  --system-site-packages
                        Give the virtual environment access to the system
                        site-packages dir.
  --index-url INDEX_URL, -i INDEX_URL
                        Base URL of Python Package Index
  --editable, -e        Install a project in editable mode
  --pip-args PIP_ARGS   Arbitrary pip arguments to pass directly to pip
                        install/upgrade commands
  --skip SKIP [SKIP ...]
                        skip these packages
  --force, -f           Modify existing virtual environment and files in
                        PIPX_BIN_DIR
  --verbose

pipx inject

pipx inject --help
usage: pipx inject [-h] [--include-apps] [--include-deps]
                   [--system-site-packages] [--index-url INDEX_URL]
                   [--editable] [--pip-args PIP_ARGS] [--force] [--verbose]
                   package dependencies [dependencies ...]

Installs packages to an existing pipx-managed virtual environment.

positional arguments:
  package               Name of the existing pipx-managed Virtual Environment
                        to inject into
  dependencies          the packages to inject into the Virtual Environment

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --include-apps        Add apps from the injected packages onto your PATH
  --include-deps        Include apps of dependent packages
  --system-site-packages
                        Give the virtual environment access to the system
                        site-packages dir.
  --index-url INDEX_URL, -i INDEX_URL
                        Base URL of Python Package Index
  --editable, -e        Install a project in editable mode
  --pip-args PIP_ARGS   Arbitrary pip arguments to pass directly to pip
                        install/upgrade commands
  --force, -f           Modify existing virtual environment and files in
                        PIPX_BIN_DIR
  --verbose

pipx uninstall

pipx uninstall --help
usage: pipx uninstall [-h] [--verbose] package

Uninstalls a pipx-managed Virtual Environment by deleting it and any files
that point to its apps.

positional arguments:
  package

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit
  --verbose

pipx uninstall-all

pipx uninstall-all --help
usage: pipx uninstall-all [-h] [--verbose]

Uninstall all pipx-managed packages

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit
  --verbose

pipx reinstall-all

pipx reinstall-all --help
usage: pipx reinstall-all [-h] [--include-deps] [--system-site-packages]
                          [--index-url INDEX_URL] [--editable]
                          [--pip-args PIP_ARGS] [--skip SKIP [SKIP ...]]
                          [--verbose]
                          python

Reinstalls all packages using a different version of Python.

Packages are uninstalled, then installed with pipx install PACKAGE.
This is useful if you upgraded to a new version of Python and want
all your packages to use the latest as well.

If you originally installed a package from a source other than PyPI,
this command may behave in unexpected ways since it will reinstall from PyPI.

positional arguments:
  python

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --include-deps        Include apps of dependent packages
  --system-site-packages
                        Give the virtual environment access to the system
                        site-packages dir.
  --index-url INDEX_URL, -i INDEX_URL
                        Base URL of Python Package Index
  --editable, -e        Install a project in editable mode
  --pip-args PIP_ARGS   Arbitrary pip arguments to pass directly to pip
                        install/upgrade commands
  --skip SKIP [SKIP ...]
                        skip these packages
  --verbose

pipx list

pipx list --help
usage: pipx list [-h] [--verbose]

List packages and apps installed with pipx

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit
  --verbose

pipx runpip

pipx runpip --help
usage: pipx runpip [-h] [--verbose] package ...

Run pip in an existing pipx-managed Virtual Environment

positional arguments:
  package     Name of the existing pipx-managed Virtual Environment to run pip
              in
  pipargs     Arguments to forward to pip command

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit
  --verbose