How to Open Python on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to open Python on Mac. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to open the Python interpreter on your Mac computer.

Step 1: Open Terminal

To begin, you need to open the Terminal application. You can do this by following these steps:

  • Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  • Select Applications from the sidebar.
  • Open the Utilities folder.
  • Double-click on the Terminal application.

Step 2: Check Python Installation (optional)

If you are unsure whether Python is installed on your Mac, you can check it by typing the following command in Terminal:

$ python3 --version

If Python is installed, it will display the version number. If not, you will need to install Python before proceeding further. You can find installation instructions for Mac on the official Python website.

Step 3: Open Python Interpreter

To open the Python interpreter in Terminal, follow these steps:

  • Type $ python3
  • Press Enter/Return

You should now see a new prompt starting with “>> “. This indicates that you have successfully opened the Python interpreter. You can now start typing and executing Python code in real-time.

Tips for Using Python Interpreter:

  • Type Python code line-by-line and press Enter/Return to execute each line.
  • Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate through previously typed commands.
  • Press Ctrl+C to exit the interpreter at any time.


You have successfully opened the Python interpreter on your Mac. Now, you can write and execute Python code directly in Terminal. Have fun exploring the world of Python programming!

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