Software installation

This page contains instructions for installing the required software on your computer. Please make sure before the course that you have all the required software installed or in any other way access to it.

For example, the workshop could be done with a remote Jupyter server, as long as you can use the terminal from the Jupyter (you need to be able to access the command line sometime).

List of software needed during the course

  • Zoom (not needed for ‘non interactive’ people following the workshop on Twitch)

  • Pyhton 3 (Anaconda is suggested)
    • numpy

    • pandas

    • scipy

    • matplotlib

  • Jupyter lab

  • Text editor

  • git


We expect you to have a working Python installation with some common libraries. We recommend that you install the Anaconda python distribution. For more information on installing anaconda, you can see the CodeRefinery instructions.

Any other Python distribution which you can install libraries into would work, but because there are so many different ways to do this, we don’t support them.

Command line

There are different ways to start the command line.

  • From the Anaconda Navigator:


    From the Anaconda Navigator, you can select “environments” on the left, then click on one, then the arrow, then “Open terminal”.

  • You can try from the Jupyter terminal.

Verify the installation

Watch the video

See this verification in video form - if you can do this, you are ready to go for day one.

You should be able to start JupyterLab. You can do this from the Anaconda Navigator (recommended if you have it), or from the command line like this:

$ jupyter lab
(... Jupyter starts in a web browser)

To verify command line usage:

$ python -V
Python 3.8.3

## Or python3...
$ python3 -V
Python 3.8.3

Any version of Python 3 through Anaconda should work for the course.

Text editor

For one portion of the course, you will need a text editor. If you don’t know what to use, you can use the text editor that comes from JupyterLab and it will do everything you need.

For other editors, see the CodeRefinery instructions. You don’t exactly need a terminal editor - the graphical ones, such as VSCode or whatever you use now, will work as well.

Command line

See above under “command line”.

TODO. You can see the CodeRefinery instructions for more advanced ways of doing things.


On the very last day, we use git. See the CodeRefinery instructions.


$ git --version
git version 2.17.1


If this is an online workshop, it might use zoom. You can see CodeRefinery instructions for it.