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First Python Program

In this Section, we will discuss the basic syntax of python by using which, we will run a simple program to print hello world on the console.

Python provides us the two ways to run a program:

  • Using Interactive interpreter prompt
  • Using a script file

Let's discuss each one of them in detail.

Interactive interpreter prompt

Python provides us the feature to execute the python statement one by one at the interactive prompt. It is preferable in the case where we are concerned about the output of each line of our python program.

To open the interactive mode, open the terminal (or command prompt) and type python (python3 in case if you have python2 and python3 both installed on your system).

It will open the following prompt where we can execute the python statement and check their impact on the console.

First Python Program

Let's run a python statement to print the traditional hello world on the console. Python3 provides print() function to print some message on the console. We can pass the message as a string into this function. Consider the following image.

First Python Program

Here, we get the message "Hello World !" printed on the console.

Using a script file

Interpreter prompt is good to run the individual statements of the code. However, we can not write the code every-time on the terminal.

We need to write our code into a file which can be executed later. For this purpose, open an editor like notepad, create a file named (python used .py extension) and write the following code in it.

To run this file named as, we need to run the following command on the terminal.

$ python3

First Python Program

Hence, we get our output as the message Hello World ! is printed on the console.

Get Started with PyCharm

In our first program, we have used gedit on our CentOS as an editor. On Windows, we have an alternative like notepad or notepad++ to edit the code. However, these editors are not used as IDE for python since they are unable to show the syntax related suggestions.

JetBrains provides the most popular and a widely used cross-platform IDE PyCharm to run the python programs.

PyCharm installation

As we have already stated, PyCharm is a cross-platform IDE, and hence it can be installed on a variety of the operating systems. In this section of the tutorial, we will cover the installation process of PyCharm on Windows, MacOS, CentOS, and Ubuntu.


Installing PyCharm on Windows is very simple. To install PyCharm on Windows operating system, visit the link to download the executable installer. Double click the installer (.exe) file and install PyCharm by clicking next at each step.


To install PyCharm on CentOS, visit the link The link will guide you to install PyCharm on the CentOS.


To install PyCharm on MacOS, visit the link The link will guide you to install PyCharm on the MacOS.


To install PyCharm on Ubuntu, visit the link The link will guide you to install PyCharm on Ubuntu.

In the upcoming section of the tutorial, we will use PyCharm to edit the python code.

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