Python is not usually included by default on Windows, however we can check if any version exists on the system. Open a terminal window by entering command on the Start Menu. Or you can hold down the SHIFT key and right-click on your desktop, then select Open Command Window Here.

Type the following command and hit RETURN:

python --version
Python 3.6.1

If you see output like this, Python is already installed. Don’t worry if your version number doesn’t match mine exactly.

Installing Python 3

Go to the downloads section of the official Python website. Download the installer and make sure to click the Add Python to PATH option, which will let use use python directly from terminal. Otherwise we’d have to enter our system’s full path and modify our environment variables manually.

After Python has installed, run the following command in a new terminal window:

python --version
Python 3.6.1

If it works, you’re done!

Next Steps

Now that you’ve installed Python 3, how about learning how to build modern web applications with Django? I’ve written a free online book called Django for Beginners to get you started quickly.