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== Download and install Python ==
 
 
If you believe you already have Python installed, please let a staff member know before completing these steps.
 
 
 
<ol>
 
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<li>Click http://python.org/ftp/python/2.7.1/python-2.7.1.msi and choose "run" if you have the option to. Otherwise, save it to your Desktop, then minimize windows to see your desktop, and double click on it to start the installer. Follow the installer instructions to completion.</li>
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<li>Go to http://python.org/download/ and download the latest version of Python 2.7 (2.7.1 at the time of writing). Unless you know otherwise, get the "Windows Installer" version, and not the "Windows X86-64 Installer" version.</li>
<li><b>Open a command prompt (we will be doing this multiple times, so make a note of how to do this!)</b>:
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<li>Start up a command prompt by clicking on the Start menu, clicking the "Run..." option, typing "cmd", and hitting enter. If you are using Windows Vista, you should click on the Start menu, type "cmd" into the Search field directly above the Start menu button, and click on "cmd" in the search results above the Search field.</li>
* On Windows Vista or Windows 7: click on the Start menu (the Windows logo in the lower left of the screen), type <code>cmd</code> into the Search field directly above the Start menu button, and click on "cmd" in the search results above the Search field.
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<li>Test your Python install by typing
* On Windows XP: click on the Start menu (the Windows logo in the lower left of the screen), click on "Run...", type <code>cmd</code> into the text box, and hit enter.
 
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You now have what's called a command prompt. This command prompt is another way of navigating your computer and running programs -- just textually instead of graphically. We are going to be running Python and Python scripts from this command prompt.
 
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<li>At this <code>C:\</code> prompt that appears, test your Python install by typing
 
  
 
<pre>
 
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>>>
 
>>>
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
 
You just started Python! The <code>>>></code> indicates that you are at a new type of prompt -- a Python prompt. The command prompt let's you navigate your computer and run programs, and the Python prompt lets you write and run Python code interactively.
 
 
 
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<li>To exit the Python prompt, type
 
<li>To exit the Python prompt, type
  
<pre>
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exit()
exit()
 
</pre>
 
  
and press Enter. This will take you back to the Windows command prompt (the <code>C:\</code> you saw earlier).</li>
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and press Enter. This will take you back to the Windows command prompt.</li>
 
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== Put Python on the PATH ==
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== Required step: Put Python on the PATH ==
 
 
You might have noticed that you typed a "full path" to the Python application above when launching Python (<code>python.exe</code> is the application, but we typed <code>\Python27\python.exe</code>). In this step, you will configure your computer so that you can run Python without typing the ''Python27'' directory name.
 
  
=== Get to System Properties ===
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You might have noticed that you typed a directory name above when launching Python. In this step, you will reconfigure your computer to put Python on the system PATH so that you can run it without typing the ''Python27'' directory name.
  
# Open up "My Computer"  by clicking on the Start menu or the Windows logo in the lower-left hand corner, and navigate to "My Computer" (for Windows XP) or "Computer" (For Vista and Windows 7).
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'''This will take about 5 extra minutes''', and it is ''essential'' to an easy life using Python down the road.
# ''Right-click'' on the empty space in the window, and choose ''Properties''.
 
  
==== If you're using XP ====
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(Note: These steps are based on a '''[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9JvseacxPY video that we recommend you watch]'''. They should work equally well on Windows XP, Vista, and 7.)
  
A window labeled "System Properties" will pop up.
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=== Get to System Properties ===
 
 
# Click the "Advanced" tab.
 
 
 
==== If you're not using XP ====
 
A window labeled "View basic information about your computer" will appear.
 
 
 
# In this window, click "Advanced system settings"
 
  
A window with the title "System Properties" will appear.
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# Open up "My Computer"
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# ''Right-click'' on the empty space in the window, and choose ''Properties'
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#* A window labeled "View basic information about your computer" should appear
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# In the new window, click "Advanced system settings"
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#* A window should appear whose title is "System Properties".
  
 
=== Edit the Path ===
 
=== Edit the Path ===
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# Within System Properties, make sure you are in the tab labeled "Advanced".
 
# Within System Properties, make sure you are in the tab labeled "Advanced".
 
# Click the button labeled "Environment Variables".
 
# Click the button labeled "Environment Variables".
#* A window labeled "Environment Variables" will appear.
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#* A window labeled "Environment Variables" should appear.
 
# In this window, the screen is split between "User variables" and "System variables". Within "System variables", scroll down and find the one labeled '''Path'''. Click the "Edit..." button.
 
# In this window, the screen is split between "User variables" and "System variables". Within "System variables", scroll down and find the one labeled '''Path'''. Click the "Edit..." button.
#* A window with the "Variable name" and the "Variable value" should appear. The "Variable value" will already have some text in it; click in the box to unhighlight it (we don't want to accidentally delete that text).
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#* A window with the "Variable name" and the "Variable value" should appear.
# In the "Variable value" box, scroll to the end. Add the following text, and hit OK. Make sure to include the semicolon at the start! <pre>;c:\python27\;c:\python27\scripts</pre>
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# In the "Variable value", scroll to the end. Add this text, and hit OK. Make sure to include the semicolon at the start! <pre>;c:/python27/;c:/python27/scripts</pre>
 
# Hit "OK" to close out the system properties changes.
 
# Hit "OK" to close out the system properties changes.
# Test your change:
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# Test it:
## Open up a <b>new</b> command prompt: you do this the same way you did above when installing python. This needs to be a new command prompt because the changes you just made didn't take affect in prompts that were already open.
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#* Open up a command prompt
## Type <code>python</code> into the command prompt to start Python
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#* Type just "python" into the command prompt
## Notice that you now get a Python interpreter, indicated by the change to a <code>>>></code> prompt.
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#* Notice that you now get a Python interpreter.
## Exit the Python prompt by typing <pre>exit()</pre> and hitting enter. Now you're back at the Windows command prompt (<code>C:\</code>).
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# Go find an instructor and show them that you did this right!
 
 
== Success! ==
 
 
 
You have Python installed and configured.
 
 
 
[[Boston Python workshop 2/Friday setup|&laquo; Back to the Friday setup page]]
 

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