Install Python on Windows and Mac (Anaconda)

This tutorial is split into three sections. The first part is installing Anaconda. The second part is testing your installation (making sure conda works, dealing with path issues etc). Finally, the last part of the tutorial goes over installing packages, and environment management. I have also attached below YouTube Video tutorial for installation. 

1.Download and install Anaconda (windows version) from
Choose either the Python 2 or Python 3 Version depending on your needs. It doesn’t affect the installation process. Download Link

2. Select the default options when prompted during the installation of Anaconda.

Note: If you checked this box, steps 4 and 5are not needed. The reason why it isn’t preselected is a lot of people don’t have administrative rights on their computers.

3. After you finished installing, open Anaconda Prompt. Type the command below to see that you can use a Jupyter (IPython) Notebook.

jupyter notebook

If you want a basic tutorial going over how to open Jupyter and using python, please see the video below.

Windows OS: YouTube Video
Mac OS: YouTube Video

4. If you didn’t check the add Anaconda to path argument during the installation process, you will have to add python and conda to your environment variables. You know you need to do so if you open a command prompt (not anaconda prompt) and get the following messages

5. This step gives two options for adding python and conda to your path (only choose 1 option).

If you don’t know where your conda and/or python is, you type the following commands into your anaconda prompt

Happy Learning!

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