Boston Python Workshop 8/Friday/OSX text editor

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We are going to install a good text editor for writing code.

Installing Smultron[edit]

On OSX, a good free text editor is Smultron.

Download and install Smultron:

To run Smultron:

  • Double-click the Smultron icon from your Dock.

(If you get a warning that the app isn't from the App Store, you need to change your Security & Privacy Settings. For more info, see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5290 )

Configure Smultron to indent with spaces[edit]

  • Start up Smultron, and click Smultron -> Preferences. This will pop up a preferences window.
  • Click on the Advanced tab, and then on the Really Advanced tab within that tab.
  • Check the "Indent with spaces, not tabs" checkbox
  • Close the Preferences window.

That's it! Now, you can hit tab to indent your code, and that indentation will actually be made of spaces. We do this because Python doesn't like it when we mix tabs and spaces.

Success![edit]

Now you have an editor that you can use to open any text file, including Python programs.

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