[Tutor] how to simply run a .py file

Francis Moore Francis.Moore at shaws.co.uk
Wed Jul 21 16:00:30 CEST 2004

From: Heslot Francois [mailto:heslot at lpa.ens.fr] 

> I simply would like to run a .py program that I downloaded

Imagine that your Python installation directory is 
C:\Python24. And your .py file resides in C:\Temp and 
is called Test.py.

Go to the command line on your OS.
At the command prompt type

$ C:\Python24\Python.exe C:\Temp\Test.py

This is the longhand way of doing it. 
A shorter way is to add Python to your environment path. 
Then you can shorten the command to: 

$ Python C:\Temp\Test.py

An even shorter way is to set default to C:\Temp. Then 
the command becomes:

$ Python Test.py

Hope this helps,
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