Python Getting Started

Python Getting Started

Before you start writing Python programs, you’ll need to download and install a copy of Python.

Python Installation

To begin you need to install Python. You may already have Python installed on your system/machine. Many PCs and Macs will have python already installed.

To check if you have python installed on a Windows PC, search in the start bar for Python or run the following on the Command Line (cmd).

If you don’t know how to find cmd follow these steps >>

  • Click on the start menu
  • İn the search type cmd
windows start menu, open cmd, check if Python is already installed

You should find something like this:

cmd (Command Line)

Click on it. It opens a black box. It’s called the Command-Line or cmd for short.

Next > Type python and press enter

C:\Users\Your Name>python

ıf you see a version number and a prompt, then you are good to go.

Python version 3.7.4

But if you receive an error, then you will need to download and install Python.

Download Python

Step 1

You can download Python from the official Python download page.

  • Go to the site
  • Click on the Downloads

There are different versions of Python. Depending on when you read this tutorial and visit the site, you may see different version numbers than the ones displayed here.
I’d recommend you install the latest version. Unless you have a reason to use an earlier version.

Install Python

Step 2

The exact steps here will depend on your operating system.
In Windows and macOS, double-click on the installer and follow the prompts.

Be sure to check Add Python 3.7 to PATH .
You’ll only see this option on Windows, as the Mac installer does it automatically.

Check your Installation

To check that Python 3 was installed, open your terminal (or command prompt on Windows), and type the following:


Anyhow, running this code will launch Python. So if Python 3 was successfully installed, you’ll see a version number and a prompt

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