Preventing global package install with `PIP_REQUIRE_VIRTUALENV`

Posted on 05 Nov, 2021

To make sure you have an virtual env activated whenever you do pip install, add the following line to your .bashrc


If you now try to install packages outside a virtual environment pip will remind you.

$ pip install django
ERROR: Could not find an activated virtualenv (required).

In some cases you will need to install global packages (like vim plugins etc). For that create a separate bash function like this

gpip() {
    PIP_REQUIRE_VIRTUALENV=false pip "$@"

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