Software Install Instructions for Windows

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 git utility.
    1. Use your web browser to download git from here: https://git-scm.com/download/win Make sure to select the appropriate version for your computer (32bit or 64bit).
    2. After the file downloads double-click on the download to install git. Follow the on-screen prompts and accept all defaults.
    3. Verify git was installed by opening up the command line and typing the following in the terminal window: git --version It should report the version of git and not say file not found.
    4. Close the command line window.
  2. Install Miniconda. This will install Python 3 programming language and configure it on your Mac.
    1. Use your web browser to download the Miniconda installer at this URL:
      64 bit: https://repo.continuum.io/miniconda/Miniconda3-latest-Windows-x86_64.exe
      32 bit: https://repo.continuum.io/miniconda/Miniconda3-latest-Windows-x86.exe
    2. After the file downloads double-click on the downloaded file to install Miniconda. Follow the on-screen prompts and accept all defaults.
    3. To verify the setup, open the command line and type: 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.