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Installing Python on macOS

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Learn how to install Python on macOS. In this lesson, you’ll see how to:

  • Check the current installed version of Python
  • Download latest Python installer from python.org
  • Run the installer package
  • Launch Python from the terminal
  • Launch IDLE3

Dirk on May 21, 2019

Should I install python3 on a mac with a virtualenv?

victorariasvanegas on June 11, 2019

I think you should install a version with virtualenv when you have to do a project, but the system version should be installed as shown in the video.

Mike K on June 7, 2020

I recommend using Pyenv (along with pyenv-virutalenv) on both Macs and Linux. I have had to use multiple python versions before, and the way pyenv lets me use one version in one directory and another version in another directory has made my life a lot easier than before. (On that note, I also recommend rbenv and goenv if you work on Ruby or Go)

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