Setting up a Python Development Environment in FreeBSD - A Complete Guide

Here’s how you can setup a Python development environment in FreeBSD, the easy way!

Updated September 21, 2023

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Today, we’re going to talk about how to set up a Python environment in FreeBSD. FreeBSD is a powerful operating system for developers and data scientists, and setting up a Python environment in FreeBSD is a crucial step for anyone who wants to start learning or developing with Python.

Here’s how to get started:

Check if Python is already installed

FreeBSD comes with Python pre-installed, so the first step is to check if Python is already installed on your system.

Open a terminal and type

python --version

to check if Python is installed and which version it is.

Install pip

Pip is the package manager for Python, and it’s used to install and manage Python packages.

To install pip in FreeBSD, open a terminal and run the command:

pkg install py37-pip

to install pip for Python 3.7. If you’re using a different version of Python, you’ll need to install the corresponding version of pip.

Set up a virtual environment

To manage dependencies and isolate your Python environment from your system environment, it’s recommended to set up a virtual environment. This can be done using the “venv” module that comes with Python 3.

To create a new virtual environment, open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you want to create the environment.

Then, run the command

python3 -m venv myenv

to create a new virtual environment named myenv.

You can activate the virtual environment by running the command

source myenv/bin/activate.

Install packages

Once you have your virtual environment set up, you can install packages using pip.

To install a package, activate your virtual environment and run the command

pip install package_name

For example, to install the NumPy package, you would run

pip install numpy

Test your Python installation

To make sure that your Python installation is working correctly, open a terminal and activate your virtual environment.

Then, run the command

python --version

to check the version of Python that is being used. You can also run a simple Python program to make sure that everything is working as expected.

Enjoy coding in Python in FreeBSD!

And that’s it! With these steps, you should now have a working Python environment on your FreeBSD system. From here, you can start learning Python or developing your own Python applications. Good luck, and happy coding!

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