If you don’t have Python on your computer and you are interested, then read this two-step guide.

  1. First, you will need the gedit text editor. It’s great Python support will make things easier. On the right side of the gedit home page there is a Downloads section. Choose either the Windows or Mac version. Once installed, we have to change a few default. Open Edit -> Preferences. In the View tab, check “Display line numbers.” In the Editor tab, change “Tab Width” to 4, check “Insert spaces instead of tabs,” and turn on automatic indentation.
  2. Download Python, either version 2.7.x+ or 3.x+ will work. But, I recommend getting 2.x because there are more libraries and software compatible with it currently.(Attention Windows 7 Users: You may have to manually add Python to the path list. It’s easy. Right-click Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings. Click Environment Variables. The bottom half has System Variables. Highlight “Path” then click Edit. Check to see if you have <pre>%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;</pre>
already. If not, then add it. Then add

<pre>;c:\python27</pre>

at the end of the list)</li> </ol> 

Done. You should now have Python working on your computer. Now a quick program to check that it works.

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  1. Open gedit. Type in:
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<pre style="padding-left: 30px;">print "The program works!" raw_input()</pre>

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  2. Save file as <strong>test.py</strong>
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  3. Double-click on the file. If you see &#8220;The program works!&#8221; then congratulations. If you don&#8217;t, and are having Windows problems, please check out these <a href="http://docs.python.org/faq/windows.html" target="_blank">FAQs</a>.
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