Getting started with Pyzo
To get started with Pyzo, you need to install the Pyzo IDE (in which you write your code) and a Python environment (in which you run your code).
Step 1: install the Pyzo IDE
Download the Pyzo installer for your system:
- Pyzo for Windows
- Pyzo for OS X
- Pyzo for Linux (or install Pyzo the Linux way.)
- For more downloads/information see the installation page
Step 2: install Python environment
To run Python code, you need a Python interpreter. Pyzo works with most Python interpreters. If you're not sure what to use, don't worry, you can install multiple environments side-by-side, and use each one from Pyzo. Just make sure to use Python 3 (not Python 2).
We recommend starting with either of these:
- The regular Python. Additional packages can be installed using
- The Anaconda distribution comes with a lot of scientific packages.
- The Miniconda distribution is a lighter version that starts
with fewer packages. Additional packages can be installed using
We recommend installing in the default location, or at least a location that can be written to without admin privileges, so that addtional packages can be installed.
Step 3: Configure Pyzo shell
In Pyzo you can configure one or more shells to target your Python environment(s). Pyzo is usually pretty good at detecting any installed Python environments, and will try to guide you to selecting a suitable one.
Step 4: Install additional packages
Depending on you needs, you might need a few extra packages. In Pyzo's shell, type:
Hooray, you just installed a new package! For details see this guide. For scienctific computing, you may want to install this set of the most important scientific packages (a.k.a. the scipy-stack):
install numpy scipy pandas matplotlib sympy pyqt
Pyzo and the Python environment can safely be updated/reinstalled independently from each-other.
Similarly, you can install multiple Python environments and use/manage them all via Pyzo.
Individual packages within a Python environment can be updated via