How to Download Python for Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Python is a powerful and versatile programming language that is widely used in various fields such as web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and more. If you’re a Mac user and want to get started with Python, this tutorial will guide you through the process of downloading Python on your Mac machine.

Step 1: Checking Python Installation

Before downloading Python, it’s important to check if it is already installed on your Mac. To do this, open the Terminal application by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Once the Terminal window opens, type the following command:

python3 --version

If Python is already installed, you will see the version number displayed. If not, you will need to download and install Python.

Step 2: Downloading Python

To download Python for Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open your preferred web browser and navigate to the official Python website at
  2. Scroll down until you find the latest stable release of Python for macOS. Choose the version that suits your needs (e.g., Python 3.9.7).
  3. Click on the download link for macOS.

Step 3: Installing Python

To install Python on your Mac after downloading it:

  1. Locate the downloaded file. By default, it should be in your Downloads folder.
  2. Double-click on the downloaded file to start the installation process.
  3. Follow the instructions provided by the Python installer. Make sure to check the box that says “Add Python x.x to PATH” during the installation process.
  4. Click on the “Install Now” button and wait for the installation to complete.

Step 4: Verifying Python Installation

To verify that Python has been successfully installed on your Mac:

  1. Open the Terminal application.
  2. Type the command:
  3. python3 --version
  4. If Python has been installed correctly, you will see the version number displayed. Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded and installed Python on your Mac.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we learned how to download and install Python on a Mac machine. By following these simple steps, you can now start exploring the world of Python programming and take advantage of its vast capabilities. Happy coding!

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