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Setting up Python

Install Python

  • Go to:
  • Make sure to get Python 2.7
  • Choose the right platform and architecture (32bit or 64bit)
  • If using windows:
    • We suggest you use 32bit Python: There are still some native libraries available in 32bit only
    • Figure out where python got installed (usually C:\Python27)
    • Add this directory to your $PATH environment variable
    • Also add C:\Python27\Scripts to your $PATH
    • Many 32bit "Python Powered" native installs require a pointer to the python installation, but they have no idea where to look in 64bit windows. You must alter the registry (
SET HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Python\PythonCore\2.7\InstallPath = "C:\Python27"

Install Distribute and Pip

Install Virtualenv

  • Run 'pip install virtualenv'
    • A virtualenv is an isolated environment that python packages can get installed to. Packages installed into a virtualenv are only available to you when that virtualenv is activated. The benefit of this is that your global python environment doesn't get cluttered and packages don't interfere with one another. It may not sound like much but if you start using Python a lot managing packages in your global environment becomes a real pain.
  • See for usage instructions

Install Virtualenvwrapper (optional)