How to setup a pipenv Python 3.6 project if OS Python version is 3.5?

Either manually write the version you need in your Pipfile:

python_version = "3.6"

Or install it on your system. But I guess you will need the version to be installed if you plan to actually run pipenv install.

I would suggest to use pyenv:

Follow the installation instructions, then installing Python 3.6 is just a matter of

pyenv install 3.6.3

Then you can set the order of preference with

pyenv global system 3.6.3

Besides, if pyenv is available, pipenv will automatically use it to install the required version. From pipenv README:

Automatically install required Pythons, if pyenv is available.

Install python 3.6 reference

Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 If you are using Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04, you can use Felix Krull's deadsnakes PPA at

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3.6

Alternatively, you can use J Fernyhough's PPA at

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/python-3.6
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3.6
Ubuntu 16.10 and 17.04

If you are using Ubuntu 16.10 or 17.04, then Python 3.6 is in the universe repository, so you can just run:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python3.6

Then create specific version python env

virtualenv -p python3.6 python36venv

On MacOS, I have also used pyenv to manage python versions, similar to @pawamoy's suggestion.

After installation I executed pipenv shell with the --python option pointing to the directory of the specific pyenv version. This will automatically generate a Pipfile with python_version = "3.6".

⇒  pipenv --python /Users/<Your User>/.pyenv/versions/3.6.3/bin/python3.6 shell

Install 'pyenv' package by using brew install pyenv (if you don't have it).

Install python 3.6 using pyenv install 3.6

Export new installed python version to PATH


Now in 'Piplock' specify the same version.

[requires] python_version = "3.6"

Finally, run pipenv install --dev.