Install Python On Windows¶
Windows does not come with Python by default and we will be using Python 2.7 in this class. In general, any 2.7 version should be fine. Most in class will have 2.7.10, but an older version should work fine as well. To install Python (and the necessary modules), follow the instructions:
Download the installer: Windows Installer
- Run the installer (You need an internet connection for the installer to work)
- This will install Python 2.7.10, add it to your PATH, and install all needed modules.
Use default settings on the installer, which should only take a minute or two.
Getting The Python Modules¶
If you used the above installer, you have these already and can skip this!
One of the wonders of modern programming is that writing sophisticated programs is often quite easy by making use of work others have already done. In Python, this comes in the form of third-party modules that we will download and import for use by our own programs. For example, if you want to open some images to crop and stretch and cut and paste together, you don’t need to write a program that interprets a .jpg file, as someone has already done that, you just have to import their code. As such, you will now want to install all of the wonderful modules written and maintained by outside sources that we will be using. These *DO NOT* come on Windows, but we’ve provided them inside our Windows Installer
If you you already have python and don’t want to use the above installer (not recommended, use our installer!), then you can install pip, and then use the command “pip install <module>” for the following modules: