1. List Installed Versions
Currently, there are Python 2 and Python 3 versions and they can be installed on one operating system. If we want to check which versions have been installed, just run this command in Linux OS:
$ ls /usr/bin/python*
You may see output like this. This indicates that both python 2.7 and python 3 have been installed.
/usr/bin/python /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/bin/python3
2. Check Version Details
If we want to check more details of versions, we can use these 3 methods:
- Using Command Line
This method is very easy. It is also often used for checking the version of other programming languages.
$ /usr/bin/python3 -V OR /usr/bin/python3 --version Python 3.6.5
- Using Python Interpreter
We can also perform Python version check with related function in the Python environment. Here is an example:
$ python Python 3.6.5 (default, Oct 23 2018, 15:26:19) [GCC 7.3.0] on linux Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import platform >>> platform.python_version() '3.6.5' >>>
- Using Python Codes
You can print out the Python version by running python codes:
import platform python_version=platform.python_version() print (python_version)
3. Check on Windows
The examples above are based on the Linux OS. For Windows, please first launch the Command Prompt by pressing the Win + R keys on your keyboard. Then, type cmd or cmd.exe and press Enter or click/tap OK. When the window is launched, just paste the commands above and modify the Python interpreter address based on the directory Python was installed.