HowTo: Install Python idle IDE On Linux Operating System

by on November 17, 2012 · 4 comments· LAST UPDATED May 25, 2013


Python is preinstalled on my Ubuntu / Debian Linux desktop. I'm unable to find IDLE integrated development environment for Python. How do I install IDLE IDE?

Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesYes
Estimated completion timeN/A

IDLE is an integrated development environment for Python. You need to install the following package:

  1. python-tools : This RHEL / CentOS / Fedora Linux package for IDLE includes several tools to help with the development of Python programs, including IDLE (an IDE with editing and debugging facilities), a color editor (pynche), and a python gettext program (
  2. idle - This Debian or Ubuntu Linux meta package for IDLE. You may need to install idle-python2.5 package for Python v2.5, idle-python2.6 package for Python v2.6, idle-python3.1 package for Python v3.1.

IDLE Linux Installation

If you are using Debian / Ubuntu Linxu, type the following apt-get command to install idle IDE:
$ sudo apt-get install idle

If you are using RHEL / CentOS / Scientifc / Fedora Linxu, type the following yum command to install idle IDE:
# yum install python-tools

How do I start IDLE under Linux?

Type the following command:
$ idle
OR Visit menu option

Applications > Programming > IDLE

Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Python shell IDLE Screenshot

Fig.01 Python IDLE IDE in action

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 meow December 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

There is really no need to use idle, the python shell — ipython under linux is way better than idle, it has both terminal and graphical(QT) versions.


2 Sebastian.S May 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Great information :)

I saw a little spelling mistake on the line: idle – This Debian or Ubunut


3 Anonymus September 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thanks a lot.


4 Vladimir F March 7, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Thanks a lot.


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