Downloading the PyGame files and installing
The PyGame website has the downloads for PyGame, as well as a tutorial on getting tarted, documentation for PyGame, and even a directory of games made with PyGame. Once you create a game, you can put your game on the directory, too!
The PyGame website is here: http://pygame.org/news
For Windows, you will download a version of PyGame from here: http://pygame.org/download.shtml
Look for the “Windows” header and download the version of PyGame that contains “py2.7″ in the title. At the time of writing, the latest version is pygame-1.9.1.win32-py2.7.msi
Note: Version 2 and Version 3 of Python have a lot of differences and are not always compatible between each other. This version of PyGame uses Python 2.7.
If you’re using Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian, you should be able to install Python via the Synaptic Package Manager, or even the Software Manager.
Search for “pygame”, and you should download the python-pygame package. It should also install the Python dependencies at the same time.
Download PyGame from here: http://pygame.org/download.shtml Look for the “Macintosh” header and download the version for py2.7.
I don’t have a Mac right now so I can’t help out much here.
Downloading a text editor
Source code is all text, so you will need a decent text editor to write with. The Windows default Notepad is a terrible program, so you should download something else.
Geany is a free, cross-platform editor. You can install additional plugins into Geany to customize it.
Making sure everything installed properly
We should build an example program to make sure that everything is working properly.
First, create a directory on your computer for your Python projects, and create a folder for Part 1. We will start with a simple Python program, and then a PyGame program.
In Geany, create a new file, and save it to this directory as “simple_python.py“.
Add the following code in it:
print( "Hello, world!" ) for i in range( 1, 10 ): print( i )
In Geany (Linux?) you can run the Python program by hitting F5.
You can also run a Python program from the command-line if Geany isn’t set up to run with F5.
Opening the command-line in Windows
Opening the command-line in Linux
In many desktop environments, you can right-click within the folder you’re in to open up the terminal in that directory.
Running from the command-line
From the terminal, you will type:
then hit ENTER and the program will run.
Next we will create a simple PyGame test to make sure we can get a window open. Create another source file named “simple_pygame.py“.
Paste the following code in:
import pygame, sys from pygame.locals import * # Global variables screenWidth = 300 screenHeight = 300 timer = None window = None fps = 30 bgColor = pygame.Color( 50, 200, 255 ) # Function definitions def InitPygame( screenWidth, screenHeight ): global window global timer pygame.init() timer = pygame.time.Clock() window = pygame.display.set_mode( ( screenWidth, screenHeight ) ) pygame.display.set_caption( "Testing out PyGame!" ) # Program start InitPygame( screenWidth, screenHeight ) # Game loop while True: window.fill( bgColor ) # Check input for event in pygame.event.get(): if ( event.type == QUIT ): pygame.quit() sys.exit() # Update screen pygame.display.update() timer.tick( fps )
Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense yet; we will go over this code next time.
Once run, it should pop up a little blue window, with the terminal window in the background.
You can also download these sample programs from this lesson’s GitHub, under the Lessons folder:
Download this lesson’s source code at https://github.com/Rachels-Courses/Intro-to-PyGame