The 5 Best Websites to Learn Python Programming
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Over the past decade, the Python programming language has exploded in popularity for all types of coding. From web developers to video game designers, from data scientists to in-house tool creators, many have fallen in love with Python. Why? Because Python is easy to learn, easy to use, and very powerful.

Want to learn Python programming? Here are some of the best resources and ways to learn Python online, many of which are entirely free. For optimal results, we recommend that you utilize ALL of these websites, as they each have their own pros and cons.

1. How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

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One of the best Python tutorials on the web, the How to Think Like a Computer Scientist interactive web tutorial is great because it not only teaches you how to use the Python programming language, but also how to think like a programmer. If this is the first time you’ve ever touched code, then this site will be an invaluable resource for you.

Keep in mind, however, that learning how to think like a computer scientist will require a complete shift in your mental paradigm. Grasping this shift may be easy for some and difficult for others, but as long as you persevere, it will eventually click. And once you’ve learned how to think like a computer scientist, you’ll be able to learn programming languages other than Python with ease!

2. The Official Python Tutorial

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What better place to learn Python than on the official Python website? The creators of the language itself have devised a large and helpful guide that walks you through the language basics.

The best part of this web tutorial is that it moves slowly, drilling specific concepts into your head from multiple angles to make sure you truly understand them before moving on. The website’s formatting is simple and pleasing to the eye, which just makes the whole experience that much easier.

If you have some background in programming, the official Python tutorial may be too slow and boring for you—but if you’re a brand newbie, you’ll likely find it to be an indispensable resource on your journey.

3. A Byte of Python

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The A Byte of Python web tutorial series is awesome for those who want to learn Python and have a bit of previous experience with programming. The very first part of the tutorial walks you through the steps necessary to set up a Python interpreter on your computer, which can be a troublesome process for first timers.

There is one drawback to this website: it does try to dive in a bit too quickly. As someone with Python experience under my belt, I can see how newbies might be intimidated by how quickly the author moves through the language.

But if you can keep up, then A Byte of Python is a fantastic resource. If you can’t? Try some of the other Python tutorial websites in this list first, and once you have a better grasp of the language, come back and try this one again.

4. LearnPython

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Unlike the previously listed Python tutorial sites, LearnPython is great because the website itself has a built-in Python interpreter. This means you can play around with Python coding right on the website, eliminating the need for you to muck around and install a Python interpreter on your system first.

Of course, you’ll need to install an interpreter eventually if you plan on getting serious with the language, but LearnPython actually lets you try Python before investing too much time setting up a language that you might end up not using.

LearnPython’s tutorial incorporates the interpreter, which allows you to play around with code in real-time, making changes and experimenting as you learn. The programming exercises at the end of each lesson are helpful, too.

5. Learn X in Y Minutes: Python 3

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Let’s say you have plenty of programming experience and you already know how to think like a programmer, but Python is new to you and you just want to get to grips with the actual syntax of the language. In that case, Learn X in Y Minutes is the best website for you.

True to its name, this site lays out all of the syntactic nuances of Python in code format so that you can learn all of the important bits of Python’s syntax in under 15 minutes. It’s succinct enough to suffice as a reference—bookmark the page and come back to it whenever you forget a certain aspect of Python.

In fact, Learn X in Y Minutes is my favorite resource for learning any programming language’s syntax.

Bonus Resource: CodeWars

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CodeWars isn’t so much a tutorial as it is a gamified way to test your programming knowledge. It consists of hundreds of different coding puzzles (called “katas”), which force you to take what you’ve learned from the aforementioned Python websites and apply them to real-life problems.

The katas on CodeWars are categorized by difficulty, and they do have an instructive quality to them, so you’ll definitely learn as you go through each puzzle. As you complete katas, you’ll “level up” and gain access to harder katas. But the best part? You can compare your solutions with solutions submitted by others, which will significantly accelerate your learning.

Though it has a relatively shallow learning curve, Python is a powerful language that can be utilized in multiple applications. Its popularity has grown consistently over the years, and there’s no indication that the language will disappear any time soon.

Still have questions? Check out our answers to the most frequently asked questions about Python programming The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Python Programming The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Python Programming In this article, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about Python as a beginner. Read More .

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  3. Manish Sharma
    November 6, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I have heard many times about future learn that is also good website for learning trending topics free of cost. There are also other website which you can include in the list like udacity.com , acmecollinsschool.com , furturelearn.com and udemy.com

  4. Abiodun Anifowose
    July 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Wow! This is awesome. Plus the many other links I got from the comments. Thank you all

  5. Kelly
    January 22, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for the nice list. But it doesn't include many good websites like udacity.com, codesdope.com, codecademy.com and coursera.com.

  6. John Martens
    December 19, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Hi, this won't qualify as a best place necessarily but I have recently launched Pythonbeginners.com
    It's still a work in progress but it's all free and my first course on Python essentials is done, along with the YouTube playlist. I am half way through my tkinter course and will be adding a pygame course soon. I hope readers here will visit.

  7. ReddGirl
    September 2, 2016 at 5:44 am

    #1 - How To Think Like A Computer Scientist was not linked. Is that site no longer available?

  8. Rohan
    July 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    codecademy.com is also a great site to learn Python

  9. Noah
    March 31, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Pythonspot.com is also a great resource

  10. Victor Morgan
    April 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Penjee.com is fun way to learn python, for a beginner. I have had a lot of success getting my students, complete newby programmers in early high school, to pick up python using this site.

  11. mohit
    April 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    l4wisdom.com is another good site to learn for beginners

  12. Monty
    March 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    (Using Blender Game Engine))

  13. Monty
    March 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMYtDzby1wdZIHi203Xv5aoxestpF1zX9

    A great little introduction to Python scripting in Python which demonstrates the power and simplicity of Python and traces basic concepts as well. And you get tool learn and see what you are creating immediately.

  14. Weihsiun Hung
    June 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm
  15. Jarina Alphonsa
    June 8, 2012 at 6:55 am

    hi,i would like to know about phython applications in detail,also which where the best IDEs for implementing phython

  16. Richard
    April 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I've been through it all , reading books, doing a 3 day course (waste of time) and watched those free youtube videos. Luckily my mate recommended an online Python course where you can ask as many questions as you want (via email to a live experienced Python programmer) - that was the most important thing, you will have questions ! On top of all of that the course is award winning and only 29USD ! Unlike other online courses, it does not expire ! heres the link - http://ude.my/23gkv good luck !

    • Joel Lee
      April 25, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Being able to ask questions to a real person is definitely something important. It's one of the best ways to learn, for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Suhail
    February 25, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I would recommend 'A Byte of Python' By Swaroop CH, its an awesome book to get started with python.

  18. Chris Kavanagh
    January 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

    How about 'A Byte Of Python' by Swaroop, or 'Core Python Programming' by Chun!!?? Excellent books for beginners and more advanced students.

    • Joel Lee
      January 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      You're right. There are plenty of awesome resources for learning Python that were not listed in this article. It's just that this article focused specifically on websites. :) Thanks for your input!

  19. Joel Lee
    January 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    On the topic of Learning Python the Hard Way (LPtHW):

    I did a bit of digging around and the general consensus is that
    LPtHW is a fantastic resource for beginner programmers.

    The downside to LPtHW is that the author intended the book to be
    used in a graduate studies course setting--he gives some "extra
    credit" problems at the end of each chapter, but does not give the
    answers. This could be frustrating for a new programmer.

    Still, the quality of the actual teaching has received some great
    reviews, so there's no reason not to use LPtHW as a tool for
    learning Python. It would be a great supplementary resource for the
    5 resources I listed on the actual MUO article.

    On the topic of MIT open courseware:

    A few years ago, I did use MIT's open courseware on the topic of
    Linear Algebra and I found it to be absolutely AMAZING. The
    professor was extremely intelligent and he explained difficult
    concepts in a way that even babies could understand. Other than
    that, I know very little about MIT's open courseware
    program--especially in other subject areas.

    I would say give it a shot. If the videos are free, there's no harm
    in trying them. If the quality of MIT's Python open courseware is
    the same as their open courseware on Linear Algebra, it might be the
    best free resource out there.

    On the topic of Python 2.x vs. 3.x:

    At this point in time, newbie programmers should probably learn
    Python 3.x. When Python 3.x first came out (over a year ago), there
    was the problem of library compatibility: some libraries were only
    compatible with 2.x and not compatible with 3.x, so newbies
    continued to learn 2.x.

    Over time, companies have been working to port their libraries over
    to 3.x. Not ALL libraries have finished their conversion, but I'm
    confident that by the time you finish learning Python, 3.x will be
    the accepted standard.

    Besides, the differences between 3.x and 2.x are not that great.
    Once you learn 3.x, you can research the small differences between
    the two--then you'll be able to program in both versions.

  20. Jeff Fabish
    January 4, 2012 at 2:31 am

    If you really want to create a video game, learn C++ and a graphics library such as OpenGL (cross platform) or Directx (Windows). You can alternatively create games with engines such as UDK (uses Unreal Script, which is a hybrid of C++) and Unity (Javascript, unmanaged C# and Boo) which take care of a lot of the back-end work, such as the simplification of networking/multiplayer, graphics rendering and physics/collisions.

    The catch however, is that these tools don't allow you to get close to the hardware and really control what your game does, you must rely on the engine. Also, after making x dollars, you usually have to pay a royalty fee for using their engine.

    • Joel Lee
      January 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks for the input, Jeff. I both agree and disagree with you here.

      For graphics-intensive games, using a lower-level language (like C++) will technically result in better performance. However, these days, with all the improvements in CPU and GPU speeds, Python can hold its ground pretty well, even when it comes to 3D graphics.

      Plus, if it really came down to the wire, Python can be integrated with a language like C++, which is what EVE Online has done I think: using a dedicated engine for the graphics, but Python for everything else (networking, scripting, other backend things, etc).

      If nothing else, PyGame is a great way to take one's first step into game development. For most indie, single-man projects, Python will provide more than enough power and flexibility!