Installing Python3

This tutorial focuses on Python 3. Most Linux distribution for e.g Ubuntu 14.04 comes with python 2 and 3 installed, here is the download link. If you are using some other linux distribution see this link for installation instructions.  Mac also comes with python 2 and python 3 installed (if not see this link for instructions),  but this is not the case with windows.

Note: Throughout this tutorial i will give instructions wherever necessary for Windows and Ubuntu 14.04 only.

Installing Python 3 in Windows

To install python you need to download python binary from, specifically we will be using python 3.4.3 which you can download from here .  While installing remember to check “Add Python.exe to path” (see the image below).


install python

Now you have installed python, open command prompt or terminal and type python . Now you are in python shell.

python shell

To test everything is working fine type the following command in the python shell.

hello python

Expected output:

If you are using Ubuntu 14.04 which already comes with python 2 and python 3, you need to enter python3 instead of just python to enter python 3 shell.

invoke python3

Installing Text Editor

To write python programs you will need a text editor, you can use text editor like notepad. If you want to use full-fledged text editor then use notepad++  or sublime text. Download and install text editor of you choice.

Now you have successfully installed python 3 and text editor and ready to move on to the next chapter, where we will learn different ways of running python programs.

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4 months 26 days ago

im having trouble downloading it, i get to the website and i dont know what to do from there.

sharon squires
sharon squires
1 year 2 months ago

when I opened it from the programe list I typed in python and nothing worked when I left clicked and opened it from the taskbar and didnt need to type in anything it worked straight away

1 year 4 months ago

typing “python3” gave me error, i tried several possiblities, typing “python” was succesful for entering python shell.