How to open Python on Laptop

To open Python on your laptop, follow these steps:

Install Python (if not already installed):

  • If you don’t have Python installed on your laptop, you can download the latest version from the official Python website (
  • Choose the version that suits your needs, but it’s recommended to use Python 3.x as Python 2.x is no longer supported.

Launch the Python Interpreter:

  • Once Python is installed, you can open the Python interpreter in several ways: a. Using the Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (macOS and Linux):
    – Open the Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (macOS and Linux) from your laptop’s start menu or applications folder.
    – Simply type python or python3 and press Enter. If you have both Python 2 and Python 3 installed, use python3 to open Python 3.x. b. Using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE):
    – Alternatively, you can use an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) like Visual Studio Code, PyCharm, or IDLE (which comes bundled with Python).
    – Open the IDE of your choice, and you can start writing and running Python code within the IDE.

Verify Installation:

  • After opening the Python interpreter, you should see the Python prompt (usually >>>), indicating that you are in interactive mode.
  • You can test it by running a simple command
  • If you see the output “Hello, Python!” displayed on the screen, then Python is working correctly.
# Example
python print("Hello, Collegelib!")

That’s it! You’ve successfully opened Python on your laptop. You can now start writing and running Python code. Remember to exit the Python interpreter when you’re done by typing exit() or pressing Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Ctrl+D (macOS and Linux) and pressing Enter.