How to Install iPython

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If you're a Python programmer, you should become familiar with iPython. Use the steps in this guide to learn how to install iPython.

What is iPython?

iPython is a feature-rich interactive shell for Python. It includes features like syntax highlighting, indentation support, tab complete, the ability to define shell startup scripts, and more. If you work with Python frequently, iPython is a great tool to have in your tool belt.

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You can install easily with either pip or easy_install:

pip

pip install ipython

easy_install

easy_install ipython

If you're having trouble, you can visit the more detailed installation guide.

Similar to the default Python shell, iPython can be opened by running the following command in your default Unix or Windows shell:

ipython