Install Python Mac

  1. Download the installer:

    • Miniconda installer for macOS.

    • Anaconda installer for macOS.

  2. Verify your installer hashes.

  3. Install:

    • Miniconda---In your terminal window, run:

    • Anaconda---Double-click the .pkg file.

  4. Follow the prompts on the installer screens.

    If you are unsure about any setting, accept the defaults. Youcan change them later.

  5. To make the changes take effect, close and then re-open yourterminal window.

  6. Test your installation. In your terminal window orAnaconda Prompt, run the command condalist. A list of installed packages appearsif it has been installed correctly.

Installing in silent mode¶

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Install Python Macos

The following instructions are for Miniconda. For Anaconda,substitute Anaconda for Miniconda in all of the commands.

To run the silent installation ofMiniconda for macOS or Linux, specify the -b and -p arguments ofthe bash installer. The following arguments are supported:

Install Python Mac
  • -b: Batch mode with no PATH modifications to shell scripts.Assumes that you agree to the license agreement. Does not editshell scripts such as .bashrc, .bash_profile, .zshrc, etc.

  • -p: Installation prefix/path.

  • -f: Force installation even if prefix -p already exists.


The installer prompts “Do you wish the installer to initialize Miniconda3 by running condainit?” We recommend “yes”.

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If you enter “no”, then conda will not modify your shell scripts at all. In order to initialize after the installation process is done, first run source<pathtoconda>/bin/activate and then run condainit.

macOS Catalina (and later)

If you are on macOS Catalina (or later versions), the default shell is zsh. You will instead need to run source<pathtoconda>/bin/activate followed by condainitzsh (to explicitly select the type of shell to initialize).

Updating Anaconda or Miniconda¶

  1. Open a terminal window.

  2. Navigate to the anaconda directory.

  3. Run condaupdateconda.

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Install Python Mac Homebrew

Uninstalling Anaconda or Miniconda¶

  1. Open a terminal window.

  2. Remove the entire Miniconda install directory with:

  3. OPTIONAL: Edit ~/.bash_profile to remove the Minicondadirectory from your PATH environment variable.

  4. Remove the following hidden file and folders that may havebeen created in the home directory:

    • .condarc file

    • .conda directory

    • .continuum directory

    By running:

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Python 3 Notes

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Installing Python 3 on a Mac

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  • Head to Click 'Downloads', then download the latest version from there:

    This downloads the appropriate 64-bit version of the latest Python release (3.9.6 as of August 2021).
    • NOTE: If your Mac's OS version is older than 10.9 (year 2013), I recommend upgrading your OS first. If you are unable to, see this FAQ for how to install Python on an older version of Mac OS.
  • Proceed with installation. If everything goes fine, you should see an IDLE shortcut in your Launchpad.
  • Go ahead and try it out! Video tutorial here.

Should I Re-install?

If you already have a working version of Python on your laptop, you might be wondering if it is OK to keep it or you should re-install. The run-down:
  • Already have Python 3 but older version
    If you previously installed an earlier version of Python 3 (say, 3.5.1 or something), then you should either update it or simply un-install it and then install the newest version of Python 3. That way, you can make sure you are working in the exactly same setup with the rest of the class, which just might save you some headache stemming from a configuration unique to your machine.
  • I have Anaconda Python
    That works too! Make sure to update it to the latest 3.X version. There is one caveat: in LING 1330/2330, we will be using the interpretive shell interface via IDLE rather than Jupyter Notebook you probably have been using. This is how you launch IDLE for Anaconda Python:
    1. Open up a Terminal.
    2. Type in idle3 &, followed by ENTER. ('&' keeps Terminal usable while IDLE window is open.)