How to Install Python on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Installing Python on Mac is a straightforward process that can be done in a few simple steps. In this tutorial, I will guide you through the process of installing Python on your Mac machine.

Step 1: Download Python

To begin, open your web browser and navigate to the official Python website at On the downloads page, you will see different versions of Python available for download. Make sure to choose the latest stable version for your Mac operating system.

Step 2: Install Python

Once the installer file is downloaded, locate it in your Downloads folder and double-click on it to begin the installation process. The installer will guide you through the necessary steps.

Note: If prompted, make sure to check the box that says “Add Python to PATH” during the installation process. This will allow you to easily run Python from the Terminal.

Step 3: Verify Installation

After the installation is complete, open up a new Terminal window by navigating to Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal. In the Terminal window, type python3 –version and press Enter.

If you see a version number displayed, such as “Python 3.x.x,” then congratulations! You have successfully installed Python on your Mac.


If you encounter any issues during installation or when verifying your installation, here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • Check for conflicting installations: Make sure there are no other versions of Python installed on your Mac that may be causing conflicts.
  • Restart your machine: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve any installation issues.
  • Reinstall Python: If all else fails, try uninstalling Python and reinstalling it using the steps outlined above.

By following these steps, you should now have Python successfully installed on your Mac. You are now ready to start coding and exploring the vast possibilities of the Python programming language!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of installing Python on your Mac. If you have any questions or run into any issues, feel free to reach out for assistance. Happy coding!

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