Install Python Step-by-Step in Windows and Mac

Python a versatile programming language doesn’t come pre-installed on your computer devices. Python was first released in the year 1991 and until today it is a very popular high-level programming language. Its style philosophy emphasizes code readability with its notable use of great whitespace.

The object-oriented approach and language construct provided by Python enables programmers to write both clear and logical code for projects. This software does not come pre-packaged with Windows.

How to Install Python on Windows and Mac

There have been several updates in the Python version over the years. The question is how to install Python? It might be confusing for the beginner who is willing to start learning Python but this tutorial will solve your query. The latest or the newest version of Python is version 3.7.4 or in other words, it is Python 3.

Note: The python version 3.7.4 cannot be used on Windows XP or earlier devices.

Before you start with the installation process of Python. First, you need to know about your System Requirements. Based on your system type i.e. operating system and based processor, you must download the python version. My system type is a Windows 64-bit operating system. So the steps below are to install python version 3.7.4 on Windows 7 device or to install Python 3. Download the Python Cheatsheet here.The steps on how to install Python on Windows 10, 8 and 7 are divided into 4 parts to help understand better.

Download the Correct version into the system

Step 1: Go to the official site to download and install python using Google Chrome or any other web browser. OR Click on the following link: https://www.python.org

Python Website

Now, check for the latest and the correct version for your operating system.

Step 2: Click on the Download Tab.

Download Python 3

Step 3: You can either select the Download Python for windows 3.7.4 button in Yellow Color or you can scroll further down and click on download with respective to their version. Here, we are downloading the most recent python version for windows 3.7.4

Python Specific Release

Step 4: Scroll down the page until you find the Files option.

Step 5: Here you see a different version of python along with the operating system.

Python Files

  • To download Windows 32-bit python, you can select any one from the three options: Windows x86 embeddable zip file, Windows x86 executable installer or Windows x86 web-based installer.
  • To download Windows 64-bit python, you can select any one from the three options: Windows x86-64 embeddable zip file, Windows x86-64 executable installer or Windows x86-64 web-based installer.

Here we will install Windows x86-64 web-based installer. Here your first part regarding which version of python is to be downloaded is completed. Now we move ahead with the second part in installing python i.e. Installation

Note: To know the changes or updates that are made in the version you can click on the Release Note Option.

Installation of Python

Step 1: Go to Download and Open the downloaded python version to carry out the installation process.

Download Folder Python

Step 2: Before you click on Install Now, Make sure to put a tick on Add Python 3.7 to PATH.

Install python Window

Step 3: Click on Install NOW After the installation is successful. Click on Close.

Install python window Setup successful

With these above three steps on python installation, you have successfully and correctly installed Python. Now is the time to verify the installation.

Note: The installation process might take a couple of minutes.

Verify the Python Installation

Step 1: Click on Start

Step 2: In the Windows Run Command, type “cmd”

Cmd - Windows Run Command

Step 3: Open the Command prompt option.

Step 4: Let us test whether the python is correctly installed. Type python –V and press Enter.

cmd check

Step 5: You will get the answer as 3.7.4

Note: If you have any of the earlier versions of Python already installed. You must first uninstall the earlier version and then install the new one. 

Check how the Python IDLE works

Step 1: Click on Start

Step 2: In the Windows Run command, type “python idle”

IDLE

Step 3: Click on IDLE (Python 3.7 64-bit) and launch the program

Step 4: To go ahead with working in IDLE you must first save the file. Click on File > Click on Save

Python Shell

Step 5: Name the file and save as type should be Python files. Click on SAVE. Here I have named the files as Hey World.

Step 6: Now for e.g. enter print (“Hey World”) and Press Enter.

shell check

You will see that the command given is launched. With this, we end our tutorial on how to install Python. You have learned how to download python for windows into your respective operating system.

Note: Unlike Java, Python doesn’t need semicolons at the end of the statements otherwise it won’t work. 

Conclusion

Well, it was rightly said a few years earlier that python is the next big thing. And hence it is proved true. Learning a new language is never going to be an easy task and so we might lag at the earlier stage. Learning python has helped me solve my headaches and I would suggest you learn so. Every multi-national, national company uses Python in some or the other way.

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