General, Python

Locating Python and adding it to your system Path

Now updated for Windows 10!

To access the Python interpreter and run Python scripts you need to know the location of python.exe for the installation you wish to use. To make running scripts easier you may wish to add this location to your system Path, either temporarily or permanently. This post describes how to do each of these as well as some general considerations.

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ArcGIS, General, Python

Enable Python installations that were not installed by ArcGIS to access Arcpy functionality

ArcGIS installs its own version of Python that is not officially registered with the system but can in reality be used just like a normal install. I personally prefer just to use this as my primary Python, but it is not always possible. The instructions below can help you let a different Python install access and use Arcpy Continue reading