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How to install IDLE in Fedora


This tutorial is for Python versions 2.****! For installing IDLE 3 which is needed for Python 3, check this post.

If you are going to clown around in Python, you’ ll need an interpreter. An interpreter is basically, a piece of software that translates the code you’ve written (source code) into something a computer can read(machine language).


(output = computer)

The interpreter I currently use is IDLE, it’s light, simple in use and ideal for beginners. IDLE stands for “Integrated DeveLopment Environment” and is written in and exclusively for python. This means you can’t write code for another language, like C in IDLE!

How to install IDLE:

  • open terminal
  • log in as root
  • type “yum install python-tools” (without the quotation marks) if you are using versions  of Fedora untill 21 or type “dnf install python-tools” (without the quotation marks) if you are using versions from Fedora 22

After the installation, you’ ll notice something interesting, unlike most programs IDLE can’t be found in the application menu (i.e. there is no Desktop icon to click on).  IDLE can only be opened through terminal and it, depending on your settings of course, doesn’t require you to be root to execute it.

How to open IDLE:

  • open terminal
  • type “idle”


The following screen will open:

WARNING: Do not close terminal while working in IDLE, if you do so IDLE will close too!!

Remember, you can do the cliccie for larger piccie and the first picture came from here.

2 thoughts on “How to install IDLE in Fedora

  1. Thanks yo….this really helped me tonight.

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