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How to Run Python Code in Terminal

To run Python code in the terminal, follow these steps.

  1. Open your terminal.
  2. Type python or python3 to start the Python interpreter.
  3. Type your Python code in the terminal and press Enter to run it.

For example, to print “Hello, World!” in Python, type the following in the terminal:

>>> print("Hello, World!")
Hello, World!

Alternatively, you can also run a Python script saved in a file by typing python3 in the terminal, where is the name of the Python file you want to run.

Here is an example of executing Python on the command line to start the Python interpreter:

$ python3
Python 3.9.0 (default, Oct  5 2021, 14:01:47) 
[GCC 8.4.0] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

In this example, $ represents the terminal prompt and python3 is the command to start the Python interpreter. After you run this command, you’ll see the Python prompt (>>>) indicating that the interpreter is ready to accept your commands.

You can type Python code at the prompt and press Enter to run it. For example:

>>> print("Hello, World!")
Hello, World!

You can exit the Python interpreter by typing exit() or quit() at the prompt, or by pressing Ctrl + D.

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