Python Tools for Visual Studio Installation
Installing PTVS is relatively easy. You basically need three things:
1) Visual Studio (paid or free version)
2) PTVS extension (gives VS Python support)
3) A Python interpreter and Python Libraries (these are *not* bundled with PTVS)
If you have VS already, install PTVS. If you don’t, consider installing the PTVS-Integrated package. Then add an interpreter and you’re good to go:
“PTVS Integrated” combines the “VS 2013 Shell” along with PTVS into one single package. The resulting Python IDE is
completely and perpetually free. PTVS Integrated has all the same features as the full/paid version of VS, except for Profiling and Unit Test support.
Note: PTVS Integrated requires at least Win7 SP1 and IE10.
NOTE: you cannot install PTVS (or any extension for that matter) into the VS Express editions.
1. Install VS & PTVS
|Which one describes you?
I already have Visual Studio and just want to install PTVS!
- Install the PTVS extension & you are good to go.
PTVS 2.0 VS 2013.msi (Recommended)
PTVS 2.0 VS 2012.msi
PTVS 2.0 VS 2010.msi
I don’t have VS installed and want the Free PTVS+VS Version!
- Install the 2013 “PTVS Integrated” package.
This setup is free forever, and includes all functionality except for Profiling, Unit Test integration, and Windows Azure deployment.
Please note: PTVS Integrated requires at least
Win7 SP1 and
PTVS Integrated 2.0 (includes the VS2013 Shell)
This will install PTVS + VS Shell both. You only need to install a Python interpreter yourself (or just hit F5 & PTVS will prompt you).
2. Select and install an interpreter
3. Let’s make sure everything installed OK
Start Visual Studio: go to File/New/Project. Depending on which interpreters(s) you’ve installed, you should see a list like this. Select “Python Application”:
Now start the Interactive Prompt: Tools/Python Tools/Python Interactive. Enter “import sys” and “sys.version”. You should see something similar to this:
4. You’re All Set!
You have everything you need to start programming in Python in Visual Studio.
What’s To Do Next?
- You may wish to watch a couple of overview videos of PTVS on YouTube to get a feel for the IDE, especially if new to Visual Studio:
- You may also wish to browse the wide selection of Python packages and install some that are of interest to you. You can:
- Install individual packages
- Install a full Distro
- Interested in web development? Check out the
Python Developers page on
Python Package Installation Options
What makes Python awesome is the breath/depth of freely available packages. For a taste, browse through
SciPy.org’s Topical Software. You can install Python packages individually or via a full “Distro”. Installing individual packages allows you to tailor your environment with a smaller footprint. Distro’s on the other
hand come with 100+ packages that have been pre-built and well tested together. We recommend installing a Distro.
1. Installing a full “Distro”
There are several Python Distros available. Each one has free and paid versions, as well as 32/64 editions. You should select one that matches your interpreter’s bit-ness:
Note: after installing a Distro, it’ll take a few minutes before Intellisense is available for all packages.
2. Installing packages individually
Here are some recommended packages. Generally you want to download the latest version that matches your Python interpreter and its bit-ness. You can install these from their websites, from PyPI, or directly from Professor Chistoph Gohlke’s
Starting with PTVS 2.0Beta, you can install packages directly from within PTVS. You can also install packages from outside VS and they’ll show up in the list of installed packages for that Interpreter.
To install packages using Python’s own “pip” utility, install it from from
http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/#pip. From then, you can simply enter a command (elevated) to grab packages, eg:
pip install Django==1.5.1
Last but not least, you can Install from each project’s corresponding website:
If you are having trouble with installation or need some recommendations:
- Check the Discussions section. Many installation questions have already been answered and can be searched.
- Start a new thread/discussion. Someone from the community or the PTVS team will get you going quickly.