I have installed python3.7 however I am not sure how to make it the default python.

See below:

~/Documents/robosuite$ python3.7
Python 3.7.1 (default, Oct 22 2018, 11:21:55) 
[GCC 8.2.0] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

~/Documents/robosuite$ python3
Python 3.6.7 (default, Oct 22 2018, 11:32:17) 
[GCC 8.2.0] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

I want python3.7 to show up when I use the command python3


Simple solution is edit .bashrc and put this line:

alias python3=python3.7

Whenever you will write python3 it will replace it with python3.7.

Or you can use command update-alternatives which is preferred i.e:

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python3 python3 /usr/bin/python3.6 1
sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python3 python3 /usr/bin/python3.7 2

So here python3.7 will have higher priority then python3.6. Then use:

sudo update-alternatives --config python3

Press the enter key if you are satisfied

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    Trap for young players: I highly recommend using update-alternatives over the alias-approach, as aliases do not take effect in non-shell environments (also non-interactive shells ignore .bashrc). Take a python-file starting with the shebang #!/usr/bin/env python3 as an example: Run with ./myscript.py it would ignore your alias, while python3 myscript.py would run in python 3.7.1 in your case. Other common cases for ambiguities would be invoking commands via ssh, or from inside a shell-script. – Folfy Jan 24 at 15:55
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    Note that the alternatives variant above replaces /usr/bin/python instead of /usr/bin/python3, and will cause issues with Python programs which expect python to be Python 2 (which is the case on Debian and derivatives). See also PEP 394 and the Debian Python policy. – Stephen Kitt Feb 11 at 6:07

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