These instructions summarize more detailed (and sometimes
confusing) instructions on SciPy pages.
Download and run Windows binary installers. It is prefereable not to change the default location for
- Python 2.5.1
- Download the following file idle.bat,
and put it on your desktop and/or add it to your shortcuts menu
(you can also run it from the command line). This is the preferred way
to start the IDLE Python environment for work with matplotlib.
It works without this, but extra commands will be needed to
make plot windows appear and refresh in interactive use.
Mac OS X
The recommended way to install numpy/scipt/matplotlib on a Mac is using fink
This will download, compile and install scipy and matplotlib and all of their dependencies, which include numpy. It will take some time to compile.
- Install fink
During installation, tell it that you want to turn "unstable" on. If it does not
ask you during installation, run "fink configure" on the command line and
it definitely will.
- Then, on the command line, run
fink install scipy-py25
fink install matplotlib-py25
If you are running Mac OS 10.5 on an Intel Mac, the easiest thing to do is run the Scipy Superpack Installer.
Invoke IDLE as idle2.5 -n from the command line prompt for interactive
For the Ubuntu disitrubution all you need to do is
sudo apt-get install python-scipy
Other distributions are likely to require a different procedure. If you have trouble with your version of Linux, please contact the teaching assistant.
sudo apt-get install python-matplotlib