The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python!

Greetings, Earthling! Welcome to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python.

This is a living, breathing guide. If you’d like to contribute,fork us on GitHub!

This handcrafted guide exists to provide both novice and expert Pythondevelopers a best practice handbook to the installation, configuration, andusage of Python on a daily basis.

This guide is opinionated in a way that is almost, but not quite, entirelyunlike Python’s official documentation. You won’t find a list of every Python web frameworkavailable here. Rather, you’ll find a nice concise list of highly recommendedoptions.


The use of Python 3 is highly preferred over Python 2. Consider upgrading your applications and infrastructure if you find yourself still using Python 2 in production today. If you are using Python 3, congratulations — you are indeed a person of excellent taste.—Kenneth Reitz

Let’s get started! But first, let’s make sure you know where your towel is.

Getting Started with Python

New to Python? Let’s properly setup up your Python environment:

Python Development Environments

This part of the guide focuses on the Python development environment,and the best-practice tools that are available for writing Python code.

Writing Great Python Code

This part of the guide focuses on the best-practices for writing Python code.

Scenario Guide for Python Applications

This part of the guide focuses on tool and module advice based ondifferent scenarios.

Shipping Great Python Code

This part of the guide focuses on deploying your Python code.

Additional Notes

This part of the guide, which is mostly prose, begins with somebackground information about Python, and then focuses on next steps.


Notes defined within all diatonic and chromatic musical scales have beenintentionally excluded from this list of additional notes. Additionally,this note.

Contribution notes and legal information (for those interested).