How to Install Python

Python is a powerful programming language that comes pre-installed on many systems. If you do not have it, follow the following instructions.


You already have it.

Mac OS X

You already have it.


  1. Download Python from Make sure the TLD is .org and not .com!!!
  2. Install Python. I hate installing things in the root directory, but I went ahead and installed python at "C:\Python26".
  3. Add Python to your path.
    1. Right click on My Computer.
    2. Click Properties.
    3. Open the Advanced tab.
    4. Click the Environment Variables button at the bottom.
    5. In the User variables field-set, click PATH.
    6. Click Edit.
    7. Prepend C:\Python26;C:\Python26\Scripts; to the beginning of the Varaible value field.
    8. Click OK x3.
  4. Download python setuptools from the cheese shop.
  5. Install setuptools.
N.B. setuptools is not necessary for your python installation, but it has some handy utilities like the easy_install.exe which makes installing python modules and packages like Django a breeze. e.g. C:\> easy_install django

Updated on Dec 3, 2010 by Kaleb Hornsby (Version 10)