Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How To Install Python + Django + Aptana Studio on Windows 7

In this article, I will explain how to get Python, Django, and Aptana Studio running smoothly on windows.

1. Install Python

  •  Go to and download the Python. I am currently using the 2.7 version. Note that the latest version may not work with Windows yet.
  •  Execute and install what you’ve just downloaded with the default options
  • open command window and type 'python' to test if it is successfully installed. If command not recognized, follow these steps to add the path in Windows 7. Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security->Systems-> Advanced system settings->Environment Variables-> System Variables -> PATH->modify PATH by appending ;C:\Python27;C:\Python27\Scripts”. Also make sure you have a semicolon (;) before what you write.
2. Installing Django
  • Go to and download the version that best suits you. Version 1.3 works fine for me.
  • Extract the files to a folder. WinZip will do the job. Please REMEMBER THE FOLDER WHERE YOU EXTRACTED DJANGO.
  • Open a command prompt (Start > Run > Type in “cmd” and press OK). In the black window that is going to show up, type in cd “[directory_of_django]“. For example: cd "C:\www\python\Django-1.3″. 
  • install
3. Installing aptana studio
Aptana studio is a version of eclipse that already comes with HTML and CSS editors, and installing PyDev in it is really easy.
  • Go to and download the standalone full installer version.
  • go to Window > Preferences > PyDev > Interpreter – Python and click “Auto-Config”
  • Click OK on everything else
4. Installing MySQL for Python
If you are going to use django with MySQL, you will probably need to perform those steps:
  • Go to and download
  • MySQL-python-1.2.2.win32-py2.6.exe, if you have a 32 bit OS or, if you have a 64 bit OS. In doubt, download the first one.
  • Install it.
Have fun!

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