An Introduction to Python For Undergraduate Engineers/Running Python

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In Microsoft™ Windows™ you can run IDLE which is a piece of software called a development environment, by clicking on Start Menu, Python, IDLE. This is a program in which you can write and run Python programs.

Linux Based Operating Systems[edit]

In a Linux operating system such as Ubuntu, you can simply use Python in the Terminal. You can write a python program using GEdit and saving the file with the ending '.py', for example:

You can then run your program by typing the following in the terminal:


You must make sure your file is saved in the directory in which your terminal is in.

The rest of this wikibook shall assume that you are running Windows™ and using IDLE, everything is much the same in a Linux system or if you are running a Macintosh™.