I think I found the solution actually. I found it on
https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/ORES/Deployment#Update_wheels and am
pasting it below as well:

virtualenv -p python3 venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install --upgrade pip
pip install whatever


On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 10:20 AM Huji Lee <huji.h...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Actually, I should have tested it before sending that email. When I run 
> python3
> -m venv $HOME/www/python/venv I get the following error. What am I
> missing here?
>
> The virtual environment was not created successfully because ensurepip is
> not
> available.  On Debian/Ubuntu systems, you need to install the python3-venv
> package using the following command.
>
>     apt-get install python3-venv
>
> You may need to use sudo with that command.  After installing the
> python3-venv
> package, recreate your virtual environment.
>
> On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 8:57 AM Huji Lee <huji.h...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Perfect, thanks!
>>
>> On Sat, Aug 11, 2018 at 6:01 AM Michael Schönitzer <
>> michael.schoenit...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
>>
>>> It's available – and you should use venv. Something like:
>>>
>>> $ python3 -m venv $HOME/www/python/venv$ source 
>>> $HOME/www/python/venv/bin/activate$ pip install --upgrade pip*$* pip 
>>> install whatever
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>  M
>>>
>>>
>>> 2018-08-11 2:51 GMT+02:00 Huji Lee <huji.h...@gmail.com>:
>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> What is the best way to install pip on the Clouds servers? I have a
>>>> pywikibot program that depends on a pip-based package, and would like to be
>>>> able to install that dependency using *pip install*.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>>
>>>> Huji
>>>>
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