How to install Python 3.9.2 on Raspberry Pi

This short guide explains how to install Python 3.9.2 on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian.

First install the dependencies needed to build

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y build-essential tk-dev libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev libreadline6-dev libdb5.3-dev libgdbm-dev libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev libbz2-dev libexpat1-dev liblzma-dev zlib1g-dev libffi-dev

Compile (takes a while!)
wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.9.2/Python-3.9.2.tar.xz
tar xf Python-3.9.2.tar.xz
cd Python-3.9.2
./configure --prefix=/usr/bin/python3.9.2
make -j 4

Install
sudo make altinstall

And remove the files

cd ..
rm -r Python-3.9.2
rm Python-3.9.2.tar.xz

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3.9.2 1
sudo update-alternatives  --set python /usr/bin/python3.9.2

 

 

And verify:
python -V

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