Installing Python 2.7

I got a brand new Windows 8.1 laptop. I am working on a major Python 2.7 project. I wanted to find an easy way to install Python 2.7 and other commonly used Python libraries like Numpy, Scipy and Pandas. The regular way of installing Python is to download prebuilt binaries from the corresponding websites and installing them. I would have wasted so much time if I went down that path. I searched the web for a better and more holistic solution. I found several Python distributions which will install Python along with commonly used libraries like Numpy, Scipy and Pandas. I really liked the Anaconda Python Distribution. It includes all of the commonly used Python libraries and is free to download. It also includes a command line tool called Conda which allows you to manage your Anaconda installation.

I am going to go over the process of installing Python 2.7 using Anaconda Python Distribution.

Head to https://store.continuum.io/cshop/anaconda/ and click on Download Anaconda. It will give you a pop up and ask for your email. Don’t put in your actual email address. You will be hit with email offers and other spam. So go to http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/index.html and copy the email address provided and paste it two times in the pop up displayed and click submit. This email address self destructs itself in 10 minutes.

After you hit submit, you will be taken to a downloads page where you can download the distribution installer for your machine. Your system’s architecture and OS should have been correctly detected and the installer for your system configuration should be displayed on the screen as shown below.

Your screen should have the link shown in the red box above with your system configuration. Click on it download the distribution installer. It might take a while depending on your internet speed. Once you have downloaded the installer, click to run it. I would recommend you to not to change any of the settings in the installer unless you are a pro. Follow the steps and you will have successfully installed Python 2.7.

You can test if Python is installed by opening up command prompt or terminal and running the following command

python -V

You should get an output similar to the one shown below

Python 2.7.8 :: Anaconda 2.1.0 (64-bit)

Thanks for taking your time to read my blog. If you have any questions, please leave me a note or email me at adhithyan15 at gmail dotcom.

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