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Django Getting Started


To install Django, you must have Python installed, and a package manager like PIP.

PIP is included in Python from version 3.4.


Django Requires Python

To check if your system has Python installed, run this command in the command prompt:

python --version

If Python is installed, you will get a result with the version number, like this

Python 3.9.2

If you find that you do not have Python installed on your computer, then you can download it for free from the following website: https://www.python.org/


PIP

To install Django, you must use a package manager like PIP, which is included in Python from version 3.4.

To check if your system has PIP installed, run this command in the command prompt:

pip --version

If PIP is installed, you will get a result with the version number.

For me, on a windows machine, the result looks like this:

pip 20.2.3 from c:\python39\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.9)

If you do not have PIP installed, you can download and install it from this page: https://pypi.org/project/pip/


Virtual Environment

It is suggested to have a dedicated virtual environment for each Django project, and in the next chapter you will learn how to create a virtual environment, and the install Django in it.