This is a complete guide to download and install Python 2.7 on Windows.
So if you want to know how to set up Python, you’ll love the step-by-step approach in this tutorial.
We’ve got a couple of items to cover.
Let’s get started.
Check following post if you are looking to download and install Python 3.4.
Step #1: Download
Head over to the Python downloads page.
Scroll down to the
Looking for a specific release? section.
Look for the latest
Python 2.7.X entry in the list. At the time of writing, this was Python
Scroll down until the
Check your windows bit version and click on the corresponding link:
- For 32-bit = Windows x86 MSI installer
- For 64-bit = Windows x86-64 MSI installer
In this guide, we will install the 64-bit version. So we click on
Windows x86-64 MSI installer.
Wait for the download to complete.
Step #2: Install
Open the location of the downloaded installer.
Double-click the installer to start the installation.
On Windows 10 a pop-up window will appear:
The app you're trying to install isn't a verified app from the Store
The Python installer setup screen will open.
Install for all users radio button selected.
You can change the installation location by clicking on the
In this example, we keep the default install location of
C:\Python27. From now on we will refer to this directory as
We keep the default Python features.
The Python installation will now start.
A progress bar shows the various steps that are executed.
Once the installation is complete, click
Step #3: Setup
We need to set up an environment variable that will point to our Python installation.
Click on the search button. Then type “env”.
If you have Windows 7 click on the Windows button.
Click on the
Edit environment variables for your account shortcut.
Wait for the environment variables window to open.
Enter “PYTHONPATH” as variable name. Enter the
[PYTHON_INSTALL_DIR] as variable value.
In this tutorial, the installation directory is
Next, we need to configure the PATH environment variable so we can run Python from a command prompt.
PATH variable. Click on
New and type “%PYTHONPATH%\bin” as shown below.
OK once more to close the environment variables window.
On Windows 7 you cannot add extra values for an existing
Pathvariable. You need to append “;%PYTHONPATH%” at the end of the variable value instead.
Step #4: Test
To test the setup click on the search button. Then type “cmd”.
Click on the
Command Prompt shortcut.
Wait for the command prompt to open.
Type “python -V” and press
The above command prints the installed Python version: 2.7.15.
Congratulations, you have installed Python 2.7.15 on Windows 10!
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