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IDLE is a very small and simple cross-platform IDE that is included free with Python and is released under the open-source Python Software Foundation License.

Anaconda and Miniconda include IDLE.

To use IDLE:

  1. Find the IDLE program file:

    EXAMPLES for Miniconda with Python 3 and user name “jsmith”:

    • On macOS, the full path may be /Users/jsmith/miniconda3/bin/idle3

    • On Windows, the full path may be C:\Users\jsmith\Miniconda3\Scripts\idle

  2. Run IDLE from file explorer or from the command line by entering the full path.


You can make a shortcut to the IDLE program file on your desktop.