Getting Set Up

Before anything else, you need to set Python up on your computer. The version of Python we will use is Anaconda Python - see https://www.anaconda.com/download/. Using instructions on this page, install Python (it’s free). You will want the Python 3.7 version (not 2.7). If you are offered a choice between 64-bit and 32-bit versions, unless your laptop is very old you’ll want 64-bit. The download is large (~614Mb) so it may take a while. It may also ask you if you want to install something called VS Code - you won’t need this, so I would suggest saying ‘no’.

There are a number of ways to actually run Python. Here, we will use Navigator to launch the Jupyter app. This is done by first stating Navigator, and from there launching Jupyter. To start up Navigator, follow the instructions here: https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/navigator/getting-started/#navigator-starting-navigator. When it has started, you will see a window similar to this:

Anaconda Navigator Window

Anaconda Navigator Window

If the JupyterLab window has a button that says Install click on this - it installs some software on to your machine. Follow any instructions you get. When installed the button will say Launch instead of Install. When it says Launch then click on it, to start up the JupyterLab app. This actually runs Python on a web page. First up, you may see a number of options - click on the Python 3 option in the Notebook section.

Next, you should see something like this: