HowTo: Find Python Version

How do I find out python programming language version under a UNIX / *BSD / Linux / Apple OS X operating systems?

You need to simply type the following commands to find out python version (open the terminal application or shell prompt):


## type at your shell ##
python -V


## type at your shell ##
python --version

Sample outputs:

Python 2.7.14

So I am using Python version 2.17.14. The -V or –version option shows the Python version number of the executable and exit. For Python 3, try the follwoing command:
$ python3 -V
## or ##
$ python3 --version

Sample outputs:

Python 3.6.3
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5 comments… add one
  • Jim Mooney Jun 9, 2013 @ 20:34

    I’d like to know what version of Python a module is made for before I download it – 2.7 or 3.3. Often it’s not stated or I can’t figure how to find it. I’m not sure why they don’t make that clear or maybe I’m missing something because I’m new at it. I searched google for that idea but all it does is tells me how to find the Module version. I don’t want that. I want to know what version of python a module is for. It doesn’t seem to be clearly stated on download sites or even in the module or documentation.

  • Thota Madhu Sudhan Jun 21, 2013 @ 7:14

    I am getting ‘python’ is not defined

    • SYSDBA Sep 6, 2013 @ 14:52

      Don’t type “python -V” at the python command prompt (interpreter) but at the command prompt of the shell you are using … here’s an example on Windows :

      C:\Python33>python -V
      Python 3.3.2

      If you want to know from within python command prompt you will have to type …

      Python 3.3.2 (v3.3.2:d047928ae3f6, May 16 2013, 00:03:43) [MSC v.1600 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
      Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.
      >>> import sys
      >>> sys.version
      ‘3.3.2 (v3.3.2:d047928ae3f6, May 16 2013, 00:03:43) [MSC v.1600 32 bit (Intel)]’

      Hope this helps.

  • Sam Putnam Oct 10, 2014 @ 17:40

    How may one change the version of Python which they have installed?

  • Tia Nov 30, 2017 @ 18:56

    Thanks. Was very helpful

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