Installing Portable Python

Python

Now that I am developing with Python, my needs increase, and the tools I need increase as well. These new needs come from my own soccer software I am developing, and I started 10 years. It’s written in Visual Basic 6, and this software has a long evolution. Today, it’s still in change, and I am starting to use Python for the new features, specially to increase automatization of tasks, and because the software is stored on a USB stick, now it’s time to have Python available on the same USB.

For this, I found a GitHub project called Python Portable, I just download it and I am going to give it a try.

What is Python Portable

Python Portable is a Python® programming language pre-configured to run directly from any USB storage device, enabling you to have, at any time, a portable programming environment. It’s desinged for Windows, and you can try two versions: la 2.7.5 y la 3.2.5.

One of the feature aI like the most about Python Portable is all packages that can be included on the installation, like: NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, PyWin32, Django, PIL, wxPython, PyQt, PyGame, etc…, and even a code editor like PyScripter or IDLE.

The Python Portable downloaded is an installer:

Python Portable

Python Portable

You select the path on you USB where everything will be installed (my path is l:\PortablePython):

Python Portable

Python Portable

The next step is to select the packages to install, apart from Python. As i already wrote, you can include PyScripter, a classic software on www.manejandodatos.es.

Python Portable

Python Portable

Now, just wait for 10-15 minutes.

My veredict is that you have a very useful tool to include on your USB, and because I will use it, I’ll write about what I like, dislike, problems, solutions, ….

And you, … What are you waiting to try it?