Philadelphia Python Workshop 9/Setup/OSX interactive Python

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  1. Start up a Terminal command prompt. You can find the Terminal application through Spotlight, or navigate to Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
  2. To start Python, type
    python
    

    at the command prompt and hit enter. You should see something like

    Python 2.7.3 (v2.7.3:70274d53c1dd, Apr  9 2012, 20:52:43) 
    [GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5666)] on darwin
    Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
    >>>
    
    The >>> indicates that you are at a Python prompt.
  3. Exit the Python prompt by typing
    exit()
    
    and hitting enter. Now you're back at the OS X command prompt (which looks something like danabauer$).

Success![edit]

Practice these steps until you feel comfortable navigating to a command prompt, starting Python, and exiting Python.

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