Python is a popular and versatile programming language that can be used for a variety of tasks, such as web development, data analysis, machine learning, and more. If you want to learn Python or use it for your projects, you need to install it on your computer first. In this article, we will show you how to download and install Python 3 on MacOS using the official installer from Python.org.
Step 1: Download the Python 3 Installer for MacOS
To download the Python 3 installer for MacOS, go to Python.org and click on the latest Python 3 release for your system. For example, as of this writing, the latest Python 3 release is Python 3.11.2, which is compatible with MacOS 10.9 and later. You can choose between a 64-bit universal2 installer or a 64-bit Intel-only installer depending on your processor type. You can check your processor type by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and selecting \"About This Mac\".
Once you click on the installer link, the download will start automatically. You can also right-click on the link and choose \"Save Link As\" to save the installer file to a specific location on your computer.
Step 2: Run the Python 3 Installer for MacOS
After downloading the installer file, locate it in your Downloads folder or wherever you saved it and double-click on it to launch it. You will see a window with the Python logo and a message saying \"Verifying\" followed by the file name. This may take a few seconds or minutes depending on your system.
Once the verification is complete, you will see another window with the Python logo and a message saying \"Welcome to Python 3.x.x\". Click on \"Continue\" to proceed with the installation.
You will then see a window with some information about Python and its license agreement. Click on \"Continue\" again and then click on \"Agree\" to accept the terms of the license agreement.
Next, you will see a window with two options: \"Install for all users of this computer\" or \"Install just for me\". Choose the option that suits your preference and click on \"Continue\". You may be asked to enter your administrator password to authorize the installation.
Finally, you will see a window with a progress bar showing the installation status. Wait until the installation is complete and then click on \"Close\" to exit the installer.
Step 3: Verify that Python 3 is Installed Correctly
To verify that Python 3 is installed correctly on your MacOS system, you can open a Terminal window and type python3 --version and press Enter. You should see something like Python 3.x.x where x.x is the version number of Python that you installed.
You can also type python3 and press Enter to launch the interactive Python shell where you can write and execute Python code. To exit the shell, type exit() or press Ctrl+D.
In this article, we showed you how to download and install Python 3 on MacOS using the official installer from Python.org. We also showed you how to verify that Python 3 is installed correctly on your system. Now you are ready to start learning and using Python for your projects. ec8f644aee