Python Installation and Understanding PackagesΒΆ

Installing the Python language itself on most platforms is generally very easy. However, the basic mechanics behind package management can be confusing at first sight.

Workshop goals:

  • Install Python and all packages needed for the rest of the workshops
  • Understand the concept of Python modules and packages
  • Learn how to find and install other 3rd party packages:
    • PyPI
    • using pip install
    • using python install
  • Know where Python files live
  • Learn how to solve installation problems
  • Understand the issues involved with multiple Python installations


Authors:Tom Aldcroft, Tom Robitaille, Moritz Guenther
Copyright:2011 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory