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Install Python on Linux

Most Linux distributions come with Python installed. To check if your Linux distribution contains Python, open the shell and run the following command:

python --version

You should get an output like this one, which displays the version of Python installed:

programmer@ubuntu:~$ python --version
Python 2.7.6

If you don’t have Python installed or would like to install a newer version, run the following command (works in Debian-based distributions, such as Ubuntu):

sudo apt-get install python3

Follow the instructions to install Python.


To install Python in RPM-based distributions (e.g. SUSE) use the tools for software management included in those distributions. For example, in SUSE, you would use the YAST tool.

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