install beautiful soup using pip

I am trying to install BeautifulSoup using pip in Python 2.7. I keep getting an error message, and can't understand why.

I followed the instructions to install pip, which was installed to the following directory: c:\Python27\Scripts\pip.exe, then I tried adding it to the path, and running the pip install package command.

tried it two different ways:

    import sys
    pip install beautifulsoup4

    import sys
    pip install beautifulsoup4

both give me this error message:

    >>> pip install beautifulsoup4
    SyntaxError: invalid syntax

the shell is highlighting the word "install" and saying that it's invalid syntax.

I have no idea what's going on, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

pip is a command line tool , not Python syntax.

In other words, run the command in your console, not in the Python interpreter:

    pip install beautifulsoup4

You may have to use the full path:

    C:\Python27\Scripts\pip install beautifulsoup4

or even

    C:\Python27\Scripts\pip.exe install beautifulsoup4

Windows will then execute the pip program and that will use Python to install the package.

Another option is to use the Python -m command-line switch to run the pip module, which then operates exactly like the pip command:

    python -m pip install beautifulsoup4


    python.exe -m pip install beautifulsoup4