How To Install Pygame


Today, I’m going to guide you through the process of installing Pygame, a popular cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games. Pygame is an excellent tool for both beginners and experienced programmers alike, and I’ve personally found it incredibly useful for creating interactive applications. Let’s dive into the installation process and get you set up to start creating your own games and visualizations with Pygame.

Downloading and Installing Python

Before we can install Pygame, we need to ensure that Python is installed on our system. If you don’t have Python installed, head over to the official Python website and download the latest version. I highly recommend using Python 3.x as it offers many improvements over Python 2. Once you have Python installed, you can verify the installation by opening a terminal or command prompt and running the following command:

python --version

If you see the version number displayed, you’re good to go.

Installing Pygame

With Python installed, we can now proceed to install Pygame. The easiest way to do this is by using the Python package manager, pip. Open your terminal or command prompt and enter the following command:

pip install pygame

Verifying the Installation

Once the installation is complete, it’s a good idea to verify that Pygame is functioning properly. Let’s write a simple test script to display a window using Pygame. Open your favorite text editor and enter the following code:

import pygame


screen = pygame.display.set_mode((800, 600))

running = True
while running:
for event in pygame.event.get():
if event.type == pygame.QUIT:
running = False

Save the file with a .py extension, for example, Now, open a terminal or command prompt, navigate to the directory containing the file, and run the script using the following command:


If everything went smoothly, you should see a window with the dimensions specified in the code. This confirms that Pygame is installed and working correctly on your system.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Pygame and verified that it’s functioning as expected. From here, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re interested in game development or simply exploring the world of graphics and multimedia in Python, Pygame is a fantastic tool to have in your arsenal. I hope you found this guide helpful, and I can’t wait to see what you create with Pygame!