Python is a powerful high-level, object-oriented programming language that is widely used in web development, AI, machine learning, operating systems, mobile application development, and some other areas. It’s renowned for its simplicity and readability, making it a great language for beginners to start with.
In this tutorial, we will walk you through some simple steps to install Python on a Mac terminal.
1. Checking the current version of Python
By default, Python 2.7 comes pre-installed on Mac. You can confirm this by opening the terminal and typing the following command:
If you receive an output such as Python 2.7.16, it means Python is already installed.
2. Installing Homebrew
Before installing Python 3, we need to install a software called Homebrew. It’s a package manager and helps in installing software. To install Homebrew, type the following command in the terminal:
<br> /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"<br>
3. Installing Python 3 using Homebrew
Once Homebrew is installed, installing Python 3 is as simple as typing the following command in the terminal:
<br> brew install python3<br>
4. Confirming the Python 3 Installation
After the installation is complete, you can confirm it by typing the following command:
If Python 3 is successfully installed, you should see an output such as Python 3.8.5.
5. Running Python 3 in Terminal
You can start running Python 3 in your terminal by simply typing python3 into your terminal.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Python on your Mac terminal. Now you’re ready to start programming!
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