Software Install Instructions for OSX

For this course you will need to install the following applications:

  1. Python 3
  2. Jupyter notebook
  3. Git

Each of these applications are free / open-source and will not cost you any money. Detailed instructions for how to install these applications are provided below.

Before You Begin

Setup Procedure

  1. Install the xcode command line tools. This will install the git utility.
    1. Open the command line / terminal window.
    2. From the terminal application’s command line, type: xcode-select --install Then press the ENTER key to send the command. Follow the on-screen prompts, if any.
    3. Verify git was installed by typing the following in the terminal window: git --version
    4. Close the terminal window.
  2. Install Miniconda. This will install Python 3 programming language and configure it on your Mac.
    1. Open the command line / terminal window.
    2. Use the Safari web browser to download the Miniconda installer at this URL: https://repo.continuum.io/miniconda/Miniconda3-latest-MacOSX-x86_64.sh
    3. Go back to your terminal window. Type the following at the command line cd ~/Downloads and press the ENTER key. This will switch the current working directory to the Downloads folder where you downloaded Miniconda.
    4. From the terminal command line, type: sh Miniconda3-latest-MacOSX-x86_64.sh and press the ENTER to execute the miniconda installer.
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions. Press the ENTER key to see the license.
    6. Press q to quit the license.
    7. Type yes then press ENTER to agree to the license terms.
    8. You will be asked where to install miniconda. Accept the default and press ENTER to install.
    9. The install will setup several packages. When asked to prepend to PATH type yes and press the ENTER key.
    10. When the install is complete, close the terminal window.
    11. To verify the setup re-open a new terminal window and type the following at the command line: python --version It should report Python 3.5 or higher. If not, please repeat these steps carefully.
  3. Install Jupyter. This will install the Jupyter Notebook environment.

    1. Open the command line / terminal window.
    2. From the command line, type pip install jupyter then press the ENTER key.
    3. This will install several other package dependencies and may take a few minutes.
    4. When the install is complete, you can verify Jupyter is working by typing the following at the command line: jupyter-notebook and press the ENTER key. If it works, you will see Jupyter open in your web browser. To exit Jupyter, close the browser, return to the command line and press CTRL+C two times.
    5. Close the terminal window.
  4. Open the command line /