Basic Programming

Chapter 3: Basic Programming

We install Python and jupyter notebook via the Anaconda package manager.

First, install Anaconda and chose the version of Python 3.7 for your operating system. Once you downloaded Anaconda follow the instructions according to your operating system below.

Open a terminal, go to the place where you downloaded anaconda (by default home/yourname/Downloads) and type:


(substitute the correct filename). Just accept the default values for all the questions during the installation. Close the terminal and restart it. Then type

conda install jupyter 

To upgrade all the packages.

To launch jupyter notebook, just open a terminal, navigate to the directory where you want to launch the program, and type

jupyter notebook

Which should launch jupyter in your default browser.

Launch the .pkg file you downloaded and follow the instructions.

Once you are finished installing Anaconda, launch a new terminal and type

conda install jupyter 

to upgrade the software.

Anaconda automatically attempts to add the path of the new Python installation to your PATH. If that fails, you can add the path manually by adding:

export PATH=/home/$USER/anaconda/bin:$PATH

to your .bash_profile (see section 1.10 for more information.)

Install Anaconda using the graphical installation you downloaded. Choose all the default values during the installation.

If the installation was successful, you should find the application Anaconda prompt in your Start menu. Right-click on the application and select ‘Run as administrator’. In the Anaconda terminal type

conda install jupyter 

to upgrade the software. To create a new notebook, simply launch the application Jupyter Notebook that should now be available in the folder ‘Anaconda3’ in the Start menu.

Open a terminal and check which Python version you are currently running:

python --version

In case you already have installed Python 3.xx, and you want to integrate jupyter with your current installation, follow the instructions here.

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