Fix Broken Pip for Python 3.12 in Ubuntu 22.04/20.04

This simple tutorial shows how to fix broken pip installer after installing Python 3.12 from Deadsnakes PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 and Ubuntu 20.04.

Due to removal of long deprecated pkgutil.ImpImporter class, pip command may not work for Python 3.12 in your Linux with old setuptools. It either just does not work or outputs following error, when installing anything via pip install:

ERROR: Exception:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 165, in exc_logging_wrapper
    status = run_func(*args)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 205, in wrapper
    return func(self, options, args)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/commands/", line 285, in run
    session = self.get_default_session(options)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 75, in get_default_session
    self._session = self.enter_context(self._build_session(options))
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/cli/", line 89, in _build_session
    session = PipSession(
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/network/", line 282, in __init__
    self.headers["User-Agent"] = user_agent()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/network/", line 157, in user_agent
    setuptools_dist = get_default_environment().get_distribution("setuptools")
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/metadata/", line 24, in get_default_environment
    from .pkg_resources import Environment
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_internal/metadata/", line 9, in 
    from pip._vendor import pkg_resources
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pip/_vendor/pkg_resources/", line 2164, in 
    register_finder(pkgutil.ImpImporter, find_on_path)
AttributeError: module 'pkgutil' has no attribute 'ImpImporter'. Did you mean: 'zipimporter'?

To fix the issue, you just have to manually install pip for Python 3.12. And, here’s how to do the job in 2 ways.

Method 1: Install pip via ensurepip

Python has a built-in module ensurepip, to provide support for bootstrapping the pip installer into an existing Python installation.

First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command:

python3.12 -m ensurepip --upgrade

After that, you should be able to use the pip installer for Python 3.12 by either pip3.12 or python3.12 -m pip command.

Method 2: Install pip via

In case the previous method does not work for you, provides a script that can do the same job.

First, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to download the script via wget command:


Then, just run the script to download & install pip:


After installation, you may run python3.12 -m pip command to use the pip installer. To bind it to pip3.12, just run alias pip3.12="python3.12 -m pip".

That’s all. Enjoy!