easy_install is a tool for installing Python modules from PyPI.

Installation on CentOS

On CentOS, easy_install is provided by the package python-setuptools:

yum whatprovides */easy_install
python-setuptools-0.6.10-3.el6.noarch : Easily build and distribute Python packages

To install it:

yum -y install python-setuptools

You can then use it to install a module, by just providing the module name as the only parameter, e.g:

easy_install markdown2


To install a Python module from PyPI:

sudo easy_install module_name

To upgrade:

sudo easy_install --upgrade module_name