The IDLE IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is included with the Raspbian image.

Starting Programming With IDLE

Run IDLE which will open the Python Shell window.

Select Menu > File > New Window

Write your program, e.g.

print "Hello!";

To run it select Menu > Run > Run Module and you should see “Hello!” appear in the Python Shell window.

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  1. Peaches

    3 years ago

    So do you have to open the file to run it or can you run a previously written script from the command line?


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