Hello, budding Pythonistas! Welcome back to CipherTrick.com’s Python tutorial series. Today, we’re leaving theory behind and getting our hands dirty as we set up a Python development environment. We’ll guide you through installing Python and selecting an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that suits your needs.

Part 1: Installing Python

Python is available for Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Mac OS X. Let’s walk through the installation process for each of these platforms:

  1. Windows:
    • Go to the official Python website at python.org
    • Hover over the ‘Downloads’ tab and click on ‘Windows’
    • Click on the latest Python release. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, Python 3.10 is the latest version. Make sure to download Python 3.x and not Python 2.x, as the latter is no longer supported.
    • Run the downloaded .exe file. In the installer, check the box that says “Add Python to PATH”, then click “Install Now”.
  2. Mac OS X:
    • Python comes pre-installed on Mac OS X, but it’s usually Python 2.x. To get Python 3.x, it’s best to download it from the official website, just like for Windows.
    • Alternatively, you can use Homebrew, a package manager for Mac. If you have Homebrew installed, use the command brew install python.
  3. Linux/UNIX:
    • Most Linux distributions come with Python pre-installed. You can check the installed version by typing python --version in the terminal.
    • If Python isn’t installed, or if you want to upgrade, you can use your package manager. For Ubuntu, you can use sudo apt-get install python3.

Part 2: Choosing an IDE

An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a software application that provides a complete set of features for software development. A good Python IDE will help you code more efficiently. Here are a few popular options:

  1. PyCharm: Developed by JetBrains, PyCharm is a dedicated Python IDE loaded with features for productive Python development.
  2. Visual Studio Code: VS Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor. With the Python extension installed, it offers full-fledged Python development capabilities.
  3. Jupyter Notebook: Jupyter is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents with live code. It’s perfect for data manipulation and visualization.

Choose the IDE that suits your needs the best. They all have their installation guides, so follow them accordingly.


Congratulations! You’ve set up your Python development environment. In our upcoming posts, we’ll dive into Python syntax and start exploring this fascinating language. Keep your newly installed Python warm as we’ll be back soon with more exciting stuff!