What is a .PY File And How To Open It – Python Software Foundation (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .py extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .py file extension and how to open it.

What is a .PY file?

The .PY file extension comes from Python Script. The development of this file was done by Python Software Foundation. This development related file is in text format.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .py file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .PY file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .PY file on various operating systems.

How to open a .PY file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .py file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the JetBrains PyCharm software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Python Software Foundation Python, Microsoft Notepad, Notepad++, Sublime Text and JetBrains PyCharm.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PY file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the JetBrains PyCharm software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PY file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .py file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the JetBrains PyCharm software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Python Software Foundation Python, MacroMates TextMate, Sublime Text and JetBrains PyCharm software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PY file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the JetBrains PyCharm software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .PY file on Linux

The .py file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the JetBrains PyCharm software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Python Software Foundation Python, GNU Emacs, gedit, Sublime Text and JetBrains PyCharm.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .PY file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the JetBrains PyCharm software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .PY file?

If you cannot open the .PY file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PY file.pyc – Python Software Foundation, .pyd – Python Dynamic Module, .pym – VRVis Research, .pyo – Python Software Foundation, .pyproj – Microsoft. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .PY file with the JetBrains PyCharm, Python Software Foundation Python, Microsoft Notepad, Notepad++, Sublime Text programs on Windows, JetBrains PyCharm, Python Software Foundation Python, MacroMates TextMate, Sublime Text programs on Mac and JetBrains PyCharm, Python Software Foundation Python, GNU Emacs, gedit, Sublime Text software on Linux.