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This guide takes you through the process of getting started with programming using the [[Python]] language.  The sections flow from one to the next so it's recommended to read through this document linearly.
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== Important ==
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This guide takes you through the process of getting started with programming using the Python programming language.  The only language that AoPS teaches (as of May 16, 2021) in a class is Python.  
  
=Installing Python=
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The sections flow from one to the next so it's recommended to read through this document in order from top to bottom. If you are interested in learning the basics of python check out the intro to python class.
  
1. Download the installer:
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If you find that this is too easy, '''make sure you've read everything through (at least roughly)''', and check out [[Basic Programming With Python]].
* For Windows 32-bit (if you're uncertain, this is probably the version you should download) : http://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.1.2/python-3.1.2.msi
 
* For Windows 64-bit: http://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.1.2/python-3.1.2.amd64.msi
 
* For Mac OS X: http://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.1.2/python-3.1.2-macosx10.3-2010-03-24.dmg
 
  
2. Run the installer.
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==Installing Python==
  
3. Click next for every option in the setup wizard (i.e. use the defaults).
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'''Note:''' ''Introduction to Programming with Python'' students on a Chromebook should use an online Python compiler such as [https://repl.it/languages/python3 this one]. There is not a good way for students to install Python on a Chromebook and use it as a learning environment. Students in ''Intermediate Programming with Python'' should not use a Chromebook because they will need the tkinter GUI toolkit for the class. Instead, ''Intermediate Programming with Python'' students should install Python on a regular computer.
  
=Using the Python Shell=
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Python is a useful and popular computer programming language. Confusingly, Python has two major versions (2 and 3) and they are not fully compatibleWe recommend using the most recent release of version 3(This is the version that our [http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/School/courseinfo.php?course_id=python1 Introduction to Programming with Python course] uses -- if you are enrolled in that class, you '''must''' have Python 3.) Python 2 has reached end-of-life, so its use is strongly discouraged.
The Python installation comes with an easy-to-use text editor called IdleYou should start by playing around with thisYou should be able to find Idle wherever Python was installed. On Mac this should be in the Applications folder while on Windows it should be accessible from the Start menu in a folder named Python or something close to that.
 
  
When you first open Idle, you'll see the command line:  
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#Go to the Python download page at http://www.python.org/downloads. Near the top of the page, there will be a list of download links for the Python 3.9.x installer. (The x will be replaced by a number -- as of July 2021 the version is 3.9.6.) If you are given multiple options, click on the link that corresponds to your computer type (Windows or Mac, 32-bit or 64-bit -- if you're not sure, use the 32-bit version.) Some browsers will save the file automatically, others may pop up a box asking you if you want to save the file, in which case you should click the "save file" option.  Depending on how your browser is configured, you may be asked where to save the file.  If this is the case, keep track of where you save the installer.
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#Find where the installer was downloaded and double click on it to run it.  On most browsers, you should simply be able to double-click the installer from the browser's "Downloads" window or menu.  You may also have to click "Run" or "Yes" to a security window -- do this if necessary.
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#The setup wizard should launch.  You should just click "Next" for every option in the setup wizard (i.e. use the defaults) unless you have some specific reason not to.
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#Familiarize yourself with the Python shell and IDLE text editor by running through the two sections below.
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#If you like everything dark, you may go to Options->Configure IDLE->Highlights and change it to the built-in dark theme
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===For GNU/Linux users===
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Installing python on GNU/Linux is a different story. You should enter the command in the terminal specified to your distro.
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#For Ubuntu, Debian and Mint: \$sudo apt install python3
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#For RHEL / CentOS / Scientific / Fedora: #sudo dnf install python3
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#For Arch Based distros - sudo pacman -S python
  
[[File:Idle1.png]]
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==Programming==
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Before you can code, you must understand data types.
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===Data Types===
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<code>
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int - an integer - Ex: 0, 1, 2
  
The command line is very useful for quick math and short sequences of commands:
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float - a floating point decimal - Ex: 1.2, 2., .2
  
[[File:Idle2.png]]
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str - a string (think text) - Ex: "Hi", 'Name?'
  
As you might notice from the picture, ** is the exponentiation operator.  There's also an example of a for loop.  Take some time to play around with the Python command line.  You'll want to go through a more extensive introduction to programming to learn the full extent of what you can do with Python, but you can still do some pretty nifty stuff by just playing around.
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list - a list of data types - Ex: ["Nice", 3, 5.4]
  
=The Idle Text Editor and Your First Python Program=
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dict - a dictionary - Ex: {'one':'uno', 'two': 'dos', 'three': 'tres'}
For most programming needs, you'll want to edit your program in a separate document and then run it.  In the file menu click on New Window which should give you a blank document with the title "Untitled".  To get acquainted with the text editor, let's write our first Python program!  We'll write a program to solve the [http://projecteuler.net/index.php?section=problems&id=1 | first Euler Project problem] which asks:
 
  
'''Find the sum of all the multiples of 3 or 5 below 1000.'''
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set - an unordered list of unique data types - Ex: {1,2,3}
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</code>
  
To do this, we first want to sum up all of the multiples of 3 less below 1000. We can do this with the following code:
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Yay, it's time to program! The next few sections will talk about some very basic programming. We will program a few programs as a demonstration.
  
[[File:Idle3.png]]
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===Using the Python Shell===
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The program that you'll use to run Python is called IDLE.  It may be listed on your computer as "IDLE (Python GUI)". 
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* On a Mac, IDLE should be in the Applications folder.
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* On Windows, IDLE should be accessible from the Start menu in a folder named "Python 3.9" (or something similar).
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The icon for IDLE looks something like this [[File:Idleicon.png]] or this [[File:Idleiconmac.png]].
  
The first step is to define two variables, total and mult3, which we set to 0.  Total is what will eventually be the answer while mult3 is going to be what we use to keep track of the multiples of 3.  The next step is that we create a while loop.  A while loop has two components:
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When you first open IDLE, you'll see the Python Shell (the numbers on your shell might be different than those shown below):  
  
* The first is the condition that it checks every step.  In this case we check to see that mult3 is less than 1000.  Thus, we keep iterating over this loop until mult3 is not less than 1000 anymore. 
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[[File:Idle2-1.png]]
* The second component is the code in the loop that we execute.  In this case we add mult3 to the total and then increment mult3 to be the next multiple of 3.
 
  
After the while loop we print out our totalNow that we've written this code, we probably want to run it and test it out. We can do so by going to the Run menu and hitting Run Module (shortcut F5).  The program should execute and print out the answer to the command line:
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(The screenshots in this article are taken using IDLE on a Mac with the font increasedThus IDLE may look a little bit different for you but should still function similarly.)
  
[[File:Idle4.png]]
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Note that the first line is the version of Python, which is 3.1.2 in the screenshot but should be 3.9.something if you installed it as directed above.  Another thing to note is that in the lower right-hand corner of the Python Shell you can see that it says "Ln: 4 Col: 4".  This is just telling you where in the document your cursor is.  In this case, it's on line 4 and over in column 4. (The line and column number may be slightly different for your installation.)
  
At this point, you should know enough to finish off the program. We have yet to account for the multiples of 5 and any double counting that may have occurred. Try finishing this up on your own. The answer you should get is 233168 so you can check your work.
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When you start up Python on a Mac, you might get a warning like the following:
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: >>> WARNING: The version of Tcl/Tk (8.5.9) in use may be unstable.
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: Visit http://www.python.org/download/mac/tcltk/ for current information.
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If you get this warning, try one or both of the following. (IMPORTANT: you only need to do this if you get the warning printed above when you start IDLE for the first time. If you don't get the warning, then everything is good to go.)
  
One thing you may want to note is that it can be tedious to write statements such as:
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1) Update your Python to version 3.9.0+, 3.8.0+, or 3.7.2+. They have tkinter built into the native IDLE.
  
total = total  +  mult3.
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2) Update a graphics driver on your computer. Follow the link shown above and download and install the ActiveTcl driver that's recommended for the version of OS X that your Mac is running. This most likely will be 8.5.15.0, which you can also download directly from http://www.activestate.com/activetcl/downloads
  
Python has a shorthand for this which you can use:  
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The Python Shell is very useful for quick one-liners and short sequences of commands:
  
total += mult3.
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[[File:Idle2-2.2.png]]
  
Try it out for yourself!
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Here we see a number of familiar operations: + for addition, - for subtraction, * for multiplication, and / for division.  The last operation shown in the example, denoted by **, happens to be exponentiation.  One neat feature to note about Python is that it can store arbitrarily large numbers (limited by the amount of memory your computer has).  Trying some hefty exponentiation, we can see that we can compute with some pretty big numbers such as <math>2^{1000}</math> as illustrated below.
  
=What's Next?=
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[[File:Idle2-3.png]]
  
Now that you've learned the very basics of getting Python going, there's a bunch of tutorials you can look at which are [listed | http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/NonProgrammers] on the Python website.  Go check them out!
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While Python can make for a pretty good calculator, it can do a whole lot more.  One example is when dealing with strings as follows:
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[[File:Idle2-4.png]]
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Here we are concatenating the three strings "python", "is", and "cool" by using the + operator.  Notice that previously we used + to add numbers but now with strings, Python concatenates them!  You may also note that the output of the operation gives us a string with single quotes around it.  In Python, you are able to use single quotes or double quotes to denote a string.  You can use them interchangeably.
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As a final example, we can even write code in the Python Shell that extends beyond a single line as shown below.  We also see our first example of a <math>\verb=for=</math> loop.
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[[File:Idle2-5.png]]
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As you type the above, the Python Shell will automatically indent the second line for you.  To let the Python Shell know that you're done and are ready for it to run your code, you'll need to put in an extra blank line by hitting the Enter key again.  At that point, it should run your code and print your output.
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Take some time to play around with the Python Shell.  You'll want to go through a more extensive introduction to programming to learn the full extent of what you can do with Python, but you can still do some pretty nifty stuff by just playing around.  The Python Shell also has an extensive built-in help system -- just type '''help()''' at the ">>>" prompt to get started and then follow the instructions it gives you.
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===The IDLE Text Editor===
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For most programming needs, you'll want to edit your program in a separate document and then run it.  Luckily, IDLE comes with its own built-in text editor.
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To get started, go to the File menu of the Python Shell and click on "New Window".  This should give you a blank document with the title "Untitled" as shown below:
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[[File:Idle2-6.png]]
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You'll need to save your file before running it, so you might as well save it now.  Make sure that you name your file with a file name with a file extension of .py (so it ends with .py), so your computer knows that it is a Python program.  Here, we save ours as test.py:
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[[File:Idle2-7.png]]
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To get acquainted with the text editor, let's write our first Python program!  Let's write a program that will do the following task:
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'''Print all the integers from 1 to 50 inclusive.'''
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We can achieve this by using a loop that can loop through all the integers. Luckily, Python has a function just for doing that! We use a for loop with the following code:
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[[File:Test_.png]]
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Note that as you type, the keywords like "for", "in", "range" and "print" get colored in orange or purple!
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Also, note that you must copy the exact same indentation. Even though the editor automatically indents for you when you type <code>for i in range(1, 51):</code>, the proper indentation in Python is super important! If you don't do it correctly, the program will not compile correctly.
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You can indent by pressing Tab on your keyboard.
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This for loop means to iterate from 1 to 51 excluding the 51 and including the 1. Every iteration, Python will print out the number that it is iterating through.
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Now that you've written this code, you probably want to run it and test it out.  You can do so by going to the Run menu and hitting "Run Module" (or by pressing F5 on your keyboard).  The ===RESTART=== line means that Python is clearing all the work you've previously done before it starts running your program. The program should execute and print all the integers to the Python Shell. If it didn't, then make sure your code exactly matches the code above. This is what you should get:
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[[File:Test__results.png]]
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If your code worked, congratulations! You have written your very first program! Now, let's try another more useful one.
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'''Find the sum of all the positive multiples of 3 below 1000.'''
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We first need to create a new file. Go into the Python Shell and click on New Window again. Remember, we must save our file first. We can save it as test2.py. Now, on to the coding!
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We can solve this by keeping a running total: we'll start with the smallest positive multiple of 3 and go up one multiple at a time keeping track of the sum, stopping once we hit 1000.  We can do this with the following code:
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[[File:Idle2-8.png]]
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This is called a while loop. While loops keep iterating until a statement becomes false.
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Notice that as you type the above code, the keywords ("while" and "print") will automatically get colored -- this makes the code easier to read.  Also, after typing the line "while i < 1000:", the editor will automatically start indenting for you.  When you get to the line "print(total)", you'll need to use the backspace key to remove the indentation.  It is important that the code looks exactly like it does in the screenshot above. Again, in Python, proper indentation is very important!
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This program basically works by incrementing the variable <math>\verb=i=</math> by 3 every time and adding it to the variable <math>\verb=total=</math>.  The <math>\verb%+=%</math> operation might be intimidating at first.  However, the statement <math>\verb%i += 3%</math> is just a shorthand for <math>\verb%i = i + 3%</math>. (So <math>\verb%a += b%</math> means <math>\verb&a = a + b&</math>.)
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Run your program, and you should get this:
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[[File:Idle2-9.png]]
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Again, the ===RESTART=== line just means that Python is clearing all the work you've previously done before it starts running your program. Then, the program runs and we get our answer, 166833.  If you instead get an error message or a different answer, check that your program exactly matches the screenshot above, and try it again.
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Congrats! You have written your first two Python programs!
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===Pycharm===
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Being one of the most popular editors, supporting every language and an extensive extension collection!
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install the free version of Pycharm at
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https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=mac for macs
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https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=windows for windows
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https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=linux for linux
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==What's Next?==
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Now that you've learned the very basics of getting Python going, there's a bunch of tutorials you can look at which are [http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/NonProgrammers listed] on the Python website.  Go check them out! Another great resource is "Stack Overflow," a forums website built for people who would like to talk about and get help with programming. It is also recommended that you check out a wiki article discussing more advanced python, namely [[Basic Programming With Python]].
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Or, you can take our Introduction to Programming with Python online course!
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== See also ==
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* [[Basic Programming With Python]]
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* [[Pycharm]]

Latest revision as of 15:34, 3 August 2021

Important

This guide takes you through the process of getting started with programming using the Python programming language. The only language that AoPS teaches (as of May 16, 2021) in a class is Python.

The sections flow from one to the next so it's recommended to read through this document in order from top to bottom. If you are interested in learning the basics of python check out the intro to python class.

If you find that this is too easy, make sure you've read everything through (at least roughly), and check out Basic Programming With Python.

Installing Python

Note: Introduction to Programming with Python students on a Chromebook should use an online Python compiler such as this one. There is not a good way for students to install Python on a Chromebook and use it as a learning environment. Students in Intermediate Programming with Python should not use a Chromebook because they will need the tkinter GUI toolkit for the class. Instead, Intermediate Programming with Python students should install Python on a regular computer.

Python is a useful and popular computer programming language. Confusingly, Python has two major versions (2 and 3) and they are not fully compatible. We recommend using the most recent release of version 3. (This is the version that our Introduction to Programming with Python course uses -- if you are enrolled in that class, you must have Python 3.) Python 2 has reached end-of-life, so its use is strongly discouraged.

  1. Go to the Python download page at http://www.python.org/downloads. Near the top of the page, there will be a list of download links for the Python 3.9.x installer. (The x will be replaced by a number -- as of July 2021 the version is 3.9.6.) If you are given multiple options, click on the link that corresponds to your computer type (Windows or Mac, 32-bit or 64-bit -- if you're not sure, use the 32-bit version.) Some browsers will save the file automatically, others may pop up a box asking you if you want to save the file, in which case you should click the "save file" option. Depending on how your browser is configured, you may be asked where to save the file. If this is the case, keep track of where you save the installer.
  2. Find where the installer was downloaded and double click on it to run it. On most browsers, you should simply be able to double-click the installer from the browser's "Downloads" window or menu. You may also have to click "Run" or "Yes" to a security window -- do this if necessary.
  3. The setup wizard should launch. You should just click "Next" for every option in the setup wizard (i.e. use the defaults) unless you have some specific reason not to.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the Python shell and IDLE text editor by running through the two sections below.
  5. If you like everything dark, you may go to Options->Configure IDLE->Highlights and change it to the built-in dark theme

For GNU/Linux users

Installing python on GNU/Linux is a different story. You should enter the command in the terminal specified to your distro.

  1. For Ubuntu, Debian and Mint: $sudo apt install python3
  2. For RHEL / CentOS / Scientific / Fedora: #sudo dnf install python3
  3. For Arch Based distros - sudo pacman -S python

Programming

Before you can code, you must understand data types.

Data Types

int - an integer - Ex: 0, 1, 2

float - a floating point decimal - Ex: 1.2, 2., .2

str - a string (think text) - Ex: "Hi", 'Name?'

list - a list of data types - Ex: ["Nice", 3, 5.4]

dict - a dictionary - Ex: {'one':'uno', 'two': 'dos', 'three': 'tres'}

set - an unordered list of unique data types - Ex: {1,2,3}

Yay, it's time to program! The next few sections will talk about some very basic programming. We will program a few programs as a demonstration.

Using the Python Shell

The program that you'll use to run Python is called IDLE. It may be listed on your computer as "IDLE (Python GUI)".

  • On a Mac, IDLE should be in the Applications folder.
  • On Windows, IDLE should be accessible from the Start menu in a folder named "Python 3.9" (or something similar).

The icon for IDLE looks something like this Idleicon.png or this Idleiconmac.png.

When you first open IDLE, you'll see the Python Shell (the numbers on your shell might be different than those shown below):

Idle2-1.png

(The screenshots in this article are taken using IDLE on a Mac with the font increased. Thus IDLE may look a little bit different for you but should still function similarly.)

Note that the first line is the version of Python, which is 3.1.2 in the screenshot but should be 3.9.something if you installed it as directed above. Another thing to note is that in the lower right-hand corner of the Python Shell you can see that it says "Ln: 4 Col: 4". This is just telling you where in the document your cursor is. In this case, it's on line 4 and over in column 4. (The line and column number may be slightly different for your installation.)

When you start up Python on a Mac, you might get a warning like the following:

>>> WARNING: The version of Tcl/Tk (8.5.9) in use may be unstable.
Visit http://www.python.org/download/mac/tcltk/ for current information.

If you get this warning, try one or both of the following. (IMPORTANT: you only need to do this if you get the warning printed above when you start IDLE for the first time. If you don't get the warning, then everything is good to go.)

1) Update your Python to version 3.9.0+, 3.8.0+, or 3.7.2+. They have tkinter built into the native IDLE.

2) Update a graphics driver on your computer. Follow the link shown above and download and install the ActiveTcl driver that's recommended for the version of OS X that your Mac is running. This most likely will be 8.5.15.0, which you can also download directly from http://www.activestate.com/activetcl/downloads

The Python Shell is very useful for quick one-liners and short sequences of commands:

Idle2-2.2.png

Here we see a number of familiar operations: + for addition, - for subtraction, * for multiplication, and / for division. The last operation shown in the example, denoted by **, happens to be exponentiation. One neat feature to note about Python is that it can store arbitrarily large numbers (limited by the amount of memory your computer has). Trying some hefty exponentiation, we can see that we can compute with some pretty big numbers such as $2^{1000}$ as illustrated below.

Idle2-3.png

While Python can make for a pretty good calculator, it can do a whole lot more. One example is when dealing with strings as follows:

Idle2-4.png

Here we are concatenating the three strings "python", "is", and "cool" by using the + operator. Notice that previously we used + to add numbers but now with strings, Python concatenates them! You may also note that the output of the operation gives us a string with single quotes around it. In Python, you are able to use single quotes or double quotes to denote a string. You can use them interchangeably.

As a final example, we can even write code in the Python Shell that extends beyond a single line as shown below. We also see our first example of a $\verb=for=$ loop.

Idle2-5.png

As you type the above, the Python Shell will automatically indent the second line for you. To let the Python Shell know that you're done and are ready for it to run your code, you'll need to put in an extra blank line by hitting the Enter key again. At that point, it should run your code and print your output.

Take some time to play around with the Python Shell. You'll want to go through a more extensive introduction to programming to learn the full extent of what you can do with Python, but you can still do some pretty nifty stuff by just playing around. The Python Shell also has an extensive built-in help system -- just type help() at the ">>>" prompt to get started and then follow the instructions it gives you.

The IDLE Text Editor

For most programming needs, you'll want to edit your program in a separate document and then run it. Luckily, IDLE comes with its own built-in text editor.

To get started, go to the File menu of the Python Shell and click on "New Window". This should give you a blank document with the title "Untitled" as shown below:

Idle2-6.png

You'll need to save your file before running it, so you might as well save it now. Make sure that you name your file with a file name with a file extension of .py (so it ends with .py), so your computer knows that it is a Python program. Here, we save ours as test.py:

Idle2-7.png

To get acquainted with the text editor, let's write our first Python program! Let's write a program that will do the following task:

Print all the integers from 1 to 50 inclusive.

We can achieve this by using a loop that can loop through all the integers. Luckily, Python has a function just for doing that! We use a for loop with the following code:

Test .png

Note that as you type, the keywords like "for", "in", "range" and "print" get colored in orange or purple! Also, note that you must copy the exact same indentation. Even though the editor automatically indents for you when you type for i in range(1, 51):, the proper indentation in Python is super important! If you don't do it correctly, the program will not compile correctly.

You can indent by pressing Tab on your keyboard.

This for loop means to iterate from 1 to 51 excluding the 51 and including the 1. Every iteration, Python will print out the number that it is iterating through.

Now that you've written this code, you probably want to run it and test it out. You can do so by going to the Run menu and hitting "Run Module" (or by pressing F5 on your keyboard). The ===RESTART=== line means that Python is clearing all the work you've previously done before it starts running your program. The program should execute and print all the integers to the Python Shell. If it didn't, then make sure your code exactly matches the code above. This is what you should get:

Test results.png

If your code worked, congratulations! You have written your very first program! Now, let's try another more useful one.

Find the sum of all the positive multiples of 3 below 1000.

We first need to create a new file. Go into the Python Shell and click on New Window again. Remember, we must save our file first. We can save it as test2.py. Now, on to the coding! We can solve this by keeping a running total: we'll start with the smallest positive multiple of 3 and go up one multiple at a time keeping track of the sum, stopping once we hit 1000. We can do this with the following code:

Idle2-8.png

This is called a while loop. While loops keep iterating until a statement becomes false. Notice that as you type the above code, the keywords ("while" and "print") will automatically get colored -- this makes the code easier to read. Also, after typing the line "while i < 1000:", the editor will automatically start indenting for you. When you get to the line "print(total)", you'll need to use the backspace key to remove the indentation. It is important that the code looks exactly like it does in the screenshot above. Again, in Python, proper indentation is very important!

This program basically works by incrementing the variable $\verb=i=$ by 3 every time and adding it to the variable $\verb=total=$. The $\verb%+=%$ operation might be intimidating at first. However, the statement $\verb%i += 3%$ is just a shorthand for $\verb%i = i + 3%$. (So $\verb%a += b%$ means $\verb&a = a + b&$.)

Run your program, and you should get this:

Idle2-9.png

Again, the ===RESTART=== line just means that Python is clearing all the work you've previously done before it starts running your program. Then, the program runs and we get our answer, 166833. If you instead get an error message or a different answer, check that your program exactly matches the screenshot above, and try it again.

Congrats! You have written your first two Python programs!

Pycharm

Being one of the most popular editors, supporting every language and an extensive extension collection!

install the free version of Pycharm at https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=mac for macs https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=windows for windows https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=linux for linux

What's Next?

Now that you've learned the very basics of getting Python going, there's a bunch of tutorials you can look at which are listed on the Python website. Go check them out! Another great resource is "Stack Overflow," a forums website built for people who would like to talk about and get help with programming. It is also recommended that you check out a wiki article discussing more advanced python, namely Basic Programming With Python.

Or, you can take our Introduction to Programming with Python online course!

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