DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻

Cover image for How to fix 'zsh: command not found: python'
Johnny Simpson
Johnny Simpson

Posted on • Originally published at fjolt.com

How to fix 'zsh: command not found: python'

When trying to run python from terminal, it is possible to run into the following issue:

zsh: command not found: python
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

This can happen on any system, but does occur slightly more commonly on MacOS since they removed native python support in MacOS 12.3. Fortunately this issue is easy to fix.

Step 1: make sure Python is installed

The first thing you should check is that python is installed. You can install python from terminal if you have brew installed by simply typing:

brew install python
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

You can also download the executable directly from the Python website to install it. Once python is installed, try running python from terminal again. If you still face the same issue, move to step 2.

Step 2: add python to zsh

The next step is to add python to zsh so that it will run upon typing the python command. You can do this by running the following in terminal:

echo "alias python=/usr/bin/python3" >> ~/.zshrc
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

This will configure your zsh profile to run /usr/bin/python3 when python is run. If you are still facing issues, ensure that python=$ where the $ sign should equal the path python is installed on.

Step 3: restart terminal

Now that you've done that, simply restart your terminal. When you open it again, your python command should work successfully.

Top comments (0)

🌚 Friends don't let friends browse without dark mode.

Good news! You can update to dark mode in your DEV settings.