How To Open a Python File in 5 Steps

If you’re new to Python, you might be wondering how to open a Python file. Here are five easy steps to get you started.

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Python is a high-level interpreted language with many features, such as an extensive standard library, object orientation, and exception handling. It’s easy to learn for beginners and has powerful tools for advanced users. Python is a cross-platform language, which means it can run on any operating system, including Windows, Linux, and macOS. Python files have the “.py” extension and are called “modules.”

There are several ways to open a Python file:

1. The most common way is to double-click on the file icon. This will open the file in your default text editor.

2. To open the file in a specific text editor (such as Sublime Text), right-click on the file icon and select “Open With.” Then select the text editor you want to use.

3. To open the file from the command line, type “python [filename]” into your terminal window. This will open the file in your default text editor.

4. To open the file from within Python, use the “open” function: “open([filename])”. This will open the file in your default text editor.

5. To open the file from within an IDE (such as PyCharm), select “File > Open.” Then navigate to the location of your Python file and select it.

Step One: Open the Command Line

Before you can open a Python file, you have to have the Python interpreter on your computer. This is the program that will read the code in the Python file and run it as instructions. The most common way to open the Python interpreter is by using the command line.

1. Open the Command Line
2. Type “python” into the command line
3. Press Enter
4. A new window will open with the Python interpreter
5. You can now type in Python code and run it

Step Two: Enter the Python File’s Directory

Assuming you have not moved the python file since downloading it, enter the following command into the terminal, which will change the directory to the one containing the file.

For example, if your file is in the Downloads folder, type in cd Downloads. If you are unsure of what folder your file is in, type ls (which stands for list files and folders) into the terminal to see everything in your current directory, then move up or down directories until you find the desired folder. pwd (print working directory) can also be used to see your current directory.

Step Three: Type in the Python File’s Name

3. Type in the Python file’s name.
If you want to open a Python file that’s in a different directory from the one you’re currently working in, you’ll need to specify the full path to the file. For example, if the file is in a directory called “Documents,” you would type in “/Documents/”.

Step Four: Press Enter

Now that you have found the file you want to open, it is time to press the Enter key. Doing so will open the file in Python. You should see something that looks like this:

Step Five: Check the Output

Now that you have your file open, check the output to make sure it looks correct. If it does, you’re all done! You can now start using Python to write programs or scripts.


In conclusion, you can open a Python file in 5 steps:

1. Right-click on the file you want to open.
2. Select “Open with” from the drop-down menu that appears.
3. Click on “Python” from the list of programs that appears.
4. Click on the “OK” button to open the file with Python.
5. If you want to edit the file, select the “Edit” option from the File menu.

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