New Mac Python

September 28, 2017

Some new Mac notes concerning Python. Out of the box the Mac has Python and when I ran pip list I saw a bunch of stuff that I didn't recognize. When I tried to remove things they looked baked in because they were installed as root.

Turns out you can ignore all that. Just install a new Python using brew.

$ brew install python

This gives you a new Python called Python2. That's not that helpful because who wants to remember to always use Python2?

One avenue which you'll be going down at some point is to use a virtual environment for all your projects. For that install virtualenv.

$ pip2 install virtualenv

Not the pip2. This is the version of pip installed along with your Python2. Odd, yes and not remember-able just like Python2 but that's probably the last time you need to remember.

For each project you have create a virtualenv using the following from your project's root.

$ virtualenv env
$ source ./env/bin/activate

You'll notice that in your virtual environment you'll have a Python called Python that is really the version you installed with brew. The Python2 is Python in your environment.

So far so good.

Next up is Python3


Tags: python