IDLE is a very small and simple cross-platform IDE that is included free with Python and is released under the open source Python Software Foundation License.

Anaconda and Miniconda include IDLE.

To use IDLE:

  1. Find the IDLE program file:

    EXAMPLES for Miniconda with Python 3 and user name “jsmith”:

    • On macOS, the full path may be /Users/jsmith/miniconda3/bin/idle3.5.
    • On Windows, the full path may be C:\Users\jsmith\Miniconda3\Scripts\idle.
  2. Run IDLE from the file explorer, or run it from the command line by entering the full path.

TIP: You can make a shortcut to the IDLE program file on your desktop or add an item to the main operating system menu.