When trying to install python 3.7 on Ubuntu 18.04

I get error messages like:

zipimport.ZipImportError: can't decompress data; zlib not available


ModuleNotFoundError: No module named '_ctypes'


~/.pyenv/plugins/python-build/bin/python-build: line 775: make: command not found


configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH

  • How did you try to install Python? Compiling from upstream sources? – sebasth Apr 24 at 18:19
  • I was using pyenv – lapolonio Apr 27 at 2:58

From https://bugs.python.org/issue31652#msg321260

sudo apt-get install build-essential libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 bzip2 libbz2-dev zlib1g-dev libssl-dev openssl libgdbm-dev libgdbm-compat-dev liblzma-dev libreadline-dev libncursesw5-dev libffi-dev uuid-dev

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