Python 3, an Illustrated Tour Transcripts
Chapter: Welcome to the course
Lecture: Installing Python on Windows
0:01 In this screencast, we're going to look at how to install Python 3 on Windows 10.
0:05 Typically, when I use Python in Windows,
0:07 I like to make sure that I understand how to use the prompt.
0:10 So in order to launch the prompt you're going to go down
0:12 to the bottom of your taskbar
0:15 and where it says type here to search you can just type CMD
0:17 and then we'll pull up command prompt and you can run that.
0:21 Now, you'll note here that when I type Python
0:23 it currently says the Python is not installed, so we want to remedy that.
0:27 Let's go to the Python website and download Python 3.
0:31 We're at the Python website and you can see if you scroll down a little bit
0:35 that there is a download link.
0:38 We're going to click Python 3.6.4 which is the current version
0:41 at the time of this recording, you'll want to use
0:44 whatever Python 3 version is listed there below.
0:48 Inside of here, you'll see a bunch of things listing peps and whatnot
0:53 and you can scroll down and we'll get the files here at the bottom.
0:58 And typically, you'll probably want to either install
1:00 a Windows 64-bit or Windows 32-bit, I am going to do a window 64-bit.
1:06 That should work on most modern machines.
1:09 There's a couple of different versions here.
1:11 There's what they call an embeddable zip file.
1:13 There's an executable installer and there's a web-based installer.
1:16 I'm going to download the executable installer.
1:19 So just click on that and download it.
1:21 This will download for a minute.
1:24 After that's downloaded, you'll see that there's a file here
1:26 called Python 3.6.4 AMD we'll just double click on that
1:29 and that should install Python for us.
1:32 Now, this is where you want to be careful.
1:34 You'll see that there are various ways to install it
1:36 and one thing that you need to make sure is
1:38 that you click this add python 3.6 to path.
1:41 If you don't click that, when I type Python at the command prompt, it won't find it.
1:45 So I'm going to click that.
1:47 I'm also going to choose customized installation
1:49 note that the normal installation is going to put it in this
1:51 C:\Users\matt\AppData\Local\Pograms\Python\Python36 directory
1:55 and I'm just going to say customize and I'm going to install for all users.
2:00 So it will put it in the C:\Program Files\Python36
2:06 it's going to ask if I want to install it, I'll say yes,
2:12 it will think for a little bit and install Python.
2:16 Okay, it looks like it's installed. I'm just going to close this.
2:21 Let's go back to our prompt here.
2:26 Remember type CMD down there and let's type Python.
2:29 You can see that after I type Python it's now put me in the Python interpreter
2:33 where I can execute Python code,
2:35 to get out of this, I type quit and that will put me back into the prompt. 02:39 Note that I can also do things such as type python -m idlelib.idle
2:45 and it will launch idle, this is a Python editor that comes with Python.
2:51 Note that a couple other things that it will do
2:54 is that if you scroll down here you'll see that there is a Python directory here
3:00 and you can click on this idle here to launch idle,
3:04 which will launch idle that way,
3:07 alternatively you can launch Python by clicking this as well.
3:13 This will open a command prompt with Python,
3:16 but I really prefer just to go down here and type CMD to launch Python here
3:22 and note that we'll talk about virtual environments.
3:26 When I launch Idle from the launcher here, we're using the system idle
3:30 and when we start using virtual environments
3:33 we'll probably want to launch idle
3:35 or other programs from our virtual environment.
3:37 So rather than launch it from there,
3:40 I prefer using this Python -m idlelib.idle to launch idle.
3:46 Great, hopefully after you've done this
3:48 you've been able to get Python on your Windows 10 machine working.