Python is a versatile, powerful programming language with a straightforward syntax that makes it easy to learn for beginners and a popular choice for experienced developers. If you’re using a Mac, you might be wondering how to run Python code on your machine. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process step by step.
Step 1: Check if Python is already installed
Most macOS systems come with Python pre-installed. To check if Python is installed on your Mac, open the Terminal app (you can find it in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder) and run the following command:
If Python is installed, this command will display the installed version number. If it’s not installed, you’ll need to install it before proceeding (see Step 2 below).
Step 2: Install Python (if necessary)
If Python is not installed on your Mac, you can download the latest version from the official Python website:
- Go to https://www.python.org/downloads/
- Click on “Download Python” (the version number may differ)
- Follow the installation instructions provided by the installer
Once Python is installed, you can verify the installation by running the python –version command in Terminal.
Step 3: Write a Python script
Before you can run Python code on your Mac, you’ll need to create a Python script. You can use any text editor to create a Python script, but we recommend using a code editor like Visual Studio Code, Atom, or Sublime Text for better syntax highlighting and error detection.
Create a new file and save it with the “.py” extension (e.g., “hello_world.py”). Write your Python code in this file. For this example, we’ll use the following simple script that prints “Hello, World!” to the console:
Step 4: Run the Python script
Now that you have a Python script, you can run it using the Terminal app. Navigate to the directory where your Python script is located using the “cd” command, and then run the script using the “python” command followed by the script’s filename:
cd /path/to/your/script python hello_world.py
The output of your script will be displayed in the Terminal. In the case of our example script, you should see the following output:
Running Python code on a Mac is a straightforward process. By following these steps, you can easily write and execute Python scripts on your macOS system. As you become more comfortable with Python, you might want to explore additional tools and libraries to enhance your coding experience and build more complex applications.