I am on Ubuntu16.10. I would like to install GDAL on Python3.6. I have installed Python3.6 with apt-get install python3.6. I am installing GDAL with:

apt-get install -y software-properties-common python-software-properties
add-apt-repository -y ppa:ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable
apt install gdal-bin python-gdal python3-gdal

The problem is that in this way, GDAL is installed on python3.5 not on the 3.6. The problem seems to be python3-gdal, because:

apt show python3-gdal


Package: python3-gdal
Version: 2.2.1+dfsg-2build3
Priority: optional
Section: universe/python
Source: gdal
Origin: Ubuntu
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <[email protected]>
Original-Maintainer: Debian GIS Project <[email protected]>
Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
Installed-Size: 2242 kB
Provides: python3.5-gdal

On Ubuntu16.10 it provides python3.5-gdal. Is there a way to force it to provide python3.6-gdal?

  • Suggest you upgrade to a supported version of Ubuntu. 16.10 is end of life as of 20 July 2017.
    – user2856
    Dec 21, 2017 at 21:13
  • @Luke I have compatibility issues with some software, that's why I am stuck for the moment with 16.10
    – Duccio A
    Dec 23, 2017 at 11:32
  • You still can put a current build of Ubuntu, gdal and python in a virtual box under your 16.10 host OS. Otherwise, you have to build gdal from source.
    – AndreJ
    Dec 24, 2017 at 7:08
  • BTW adding ubuntugis unstable ppa is useless becuse that does not support Ubuntu 16.10. And I wonder where you got GDAL 2.2.1 from. The main ubuntu repo lists that for artful (17.10) only.
    – AndreJ
    Dec 25, 2017 at 14:07

1 Answer 1


The easiest way to get your preferred GDAL/Python version without the restrictions imposed by your system package manager is to use the conda package management system. You can use this without admin/root privileges as it installs to your home directory and you don't run the risk of messing up your system by installing a non-standard system python.

  1. Install miniconda
  2. Create a conda environment:
    • conda create -n mygdalenv gdal python=3.6 or
    • conda create -c conda-forge -n mygdalenv gdal python=3.6
  3. Activate your new environment:
    • source activate mygdalenv

If you want an IDE, you can use PyCharm with your new environment (sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic), or you can activate it manually then conda install spyder, or if you prefer Jupyter notebooks conda install jupyter

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