Python is a popular programming language used by a lot of people from different professions. Python is a scripting language supported by different platforms and operating systems like Windows, Linux, MacOS, BSD, etc. Developing and running python can be done in different ways but in a practical way, we generally need some editor. Python Idle is a simple editor that provides basic features of advanced Integrated Development Environments.
Install For Windows
In Windows Idle is provided with the Python libraries and executable. In this tutorial, we will download Python 3.6 with Idle from the following link. We prefer 64 bit Python.
Install For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Kali
We can install
idle with different ways but the easiest and reliable way is using package manager named
$ sudo apt install idle
Install For Fedora, CentOS, RHEL
We can install Python Idle in the Fedora, CentOS and RHEL distributions like below.
$ sudo yum install idle
Interactive Python Shell
The idle main window is an interactive Python shell. We can use this shell for simple and fast scripting. This console provides the following features.
- Creating and saving script files
- Editing script files
- Creating new Python shells
- Debugging Python scripts
Create New File
Idle opens Python shell by default. The shell can be used simple scripts or test but for bigger projects, we should create a python script file and save our code to this file. We can create a script file from File->New File menu like below. After completing coding we should save the file with a related name.
Run Script File
We will use the following code to run. We will use
F5 in order to run the following code. An alternative way to run is by clicking
Run Module from the menu.
age = input("Say your age:") print("You are "+age+" years old")
This will open Idle shell window and run our script in the Python shell as we can see below.