Brief Introduction and Installation of Python

Brief Introduction and Installation of Python

Journey of Python

Python is a high-level, general-purpose programming language known for its readability and versatility. Guido van Rossum released the first version of Python in 1991 which was Python 0.9.0.

Python's popularity continued to grow rapidly in the 2010s. The language gained traction in various domains, including web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and more. Its simplicity, readability, and vast collection of libraries contributed to its widespread adoption.

In the 2020s, Python remains one of the most popular programming languages globally. Python 3.9 was released in October 2020, followed by Python 3.10 in October 2021. Python 3.11 is the latest version that we are going to use here.

Applications of Python

Python is used to build a wide range of applications and software across various domains. Here are some popular applications and software that utilize Python -

  • YouTube

  • Instagram

  • Google

  • Meta

  • Reddit

  • Spotify

  • Netflix

  • PyCharm

  • Django REST framework

These applications and software demonstrate the versatility and widespread adoption of Python in various domains, including web development, data analysis, automation, machine learning, and more. Python's ease of use, extensive library support, and community contributions make it a top choice for developers and organizations.

Installation of Python

Installing Python is a straightforward process, and Python provides official installers for various operating systems. Here are the general steps for installing Python on different platforms:

Installing Python for Windows

Go to the browser and type "Install Python"

Go to the official Python website of Python and download the latest version of Python - Python 3.11.5

Now that we have downloaded the Python installer which is a .exe file, double-click on it. Run the installer and make sure to select both the checkboxes at the bottom and then click Install Now.

The installation process takes a few minutes.

After the installation is successful, the following screen is displayed.

Close the screen and verify that it is installed on your PC. To do so, open the command prompt and type python.

The version of the python that you have installed will be displayed if the python is successfully installed on your windows.

Installing Python for Linux

Python is often pre-installed on many Linux distributions. However, if you need to install or manage Python versions, you can use package managers like apt (Debian/Ubuntu) or yum (Fedora, CentOS) for this purpose.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install python3

Installing Python for macOS

Visit the official Python website at and click on "Downloads." Choose the latest version of Python for macOS and download the installer package (usually a .pkg file).

Double-click the downloaded .pkg file to run the Python installer. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Open a terminal and type the python3 --version to verify the installation. You should see the installed Python version.

Now that you have installed Python, we can start learning.

Happy coding !!!