How to Set Up for Introduction to Python Training

Our Introduction to Python course uses IDLE, a simple Python IDE/editor that comes bundled with Python. All you need for class is to have Python 3.3 or later installed and to download the class files.

Operating System Requirements

PC: Windows 10 or later or Mac: OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) or later

Install Python 3.x

Option 1: Install Anaconda.

If you plan to take our Advanced Python course as well, you should install Anaconda, a free Python distribution that includes many commonly used Python packages.

  1. Go to the Anaconda download page.
  2. Click the Download button for your operating system to download the Graphical Installer.
  3. Open the installer and follow the installation instructions.

Option 2: Install Python only

  1. Go to the Python download page.
  2. The web page should identify your operating system automatically. If it does not, select your operating system.
  3. Click the latest "Download Python 3.x" link to download the Python installer.
  4. Run the installer. Be sure to check the Add Python to Path check box.

Test your installation by opening a command prompt and typing "python". You should get a Python prompt, like this: Running Python at the command line