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This page provides basic walkthroughs and tutorials for the programing language Python.

We do not cover all aspects of programming in Python. We provide some starting points and expect you find more. We recommend [Wentworth2012] as your main teaching material. The more advanced book [Pilgrim2009] may perhaps be more interesting for experienced programmers

Installing Python

If you are using Linux, Python is most likely already installed. Otherwise, install it using your SW manager (like Synaptic). Python is also quite likely to be already installed in Mac OS X. Try running terminal and write which python. In the case of MS Windows, it will not be installed. You will have to install it.

In a terminal window (Linux or OSX) you can check:

[182] python3.2
Python 3.2.2 (default, Mar 15 2012, 17:46:27) 
[GCC 4.5.3] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

[53] python3
Python 3.4.1 (v3.4.1:c0e311e010fc, May 18 2014, 00:54:21)
[GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5666) (dot 3)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

You can quit by Ctrl-d, or typing exit()

You will need version 3.6.x or higher installed. Please be aware that on many machines Python 2.7.x is still often the default Python interpreter. Python 3 is not fully compatible with Python 2.x. There is a code converter which makes the possible transition easier. Many important libraries have been already ported to Python 3.


Integrated Development Environment (IDE). There are two different versions:

  1. Community edition: free for everyone, (more than) sufficient for our course
  2. Professional version: more features for professional programmers, paid but free for students!

In order to get the Professional version:


Link: https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/

Other walkthroughs

  • MS Windows quick guide for setting up your IDE (DrPython or IDLE) under MS Windows.
  • Work with files quick introduction to working with File Systems in Python.
  • faq Problems which, according to our experience are quite common. We continuously update the list.
courses/be5b33prg/tutorials/python.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/17 15:44 by nemymila