Installation on the Mac¶
- Go to the Python website and download the Mac version that starts with a 3, rather than the one that starts with a Click on the download and install the program.
- MacOS computers have a terminal window where a user can type commands and interact directly with the computer, without any windows or GUI applications popping up. To start the terminal, open Spotlight (Command + Space) and type “Terminal” (without the quotes), then press enter. You can also locate the Terminal program by looking in the “Utilities” folder under your “Applications” folder.
- Install virtualenv. This allows you to install Python packages without affecting the system-wide Python installation. Run the following command in your terminal.
sudo pip3 install virtualenv
- Use virtualenv to create a virtual environment specifically for your project by running the following command in your terminal.
- Activate the virtualenv you just created. (You may need to do this each time you open a new terminal window. It is possible to make the terminal do this for you each time you open a new window, but that is beyond the scope of these instructions.)
- Install the Python Arcade Library, by running the following command
pip install arcade
- Download the community edition of PyCharm for the Mac from the Jetbrains website. Double click on the file you downloaded to install it.
- Create a new project in PyCharm. Because the Mac often has multiple versions of Python installed on it, when creating a project make sure to select version 3.6.