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Python Turtle

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An educational environment for learning Python, suitable for beginners and children. Inspired by LOGO.


An Appealing Environment to Learn Python

PythonTurtle strives to provide the lowest-threshold way to learn Python. Students command an interactive Python shell (similar to the IDLE development environment) and use Python functions to move a turtle displayed on the screen.

An illustrated help screen introduces the student to the basics of Python programming while demonstrating how to move the turtle. Simplicity and a colorful visual appearance makes the learning environment more appealing to students.

Screen shot


Installers for Microsoft Windows and macOS are available from and GitHub.

Ubuntu Linux:

sudo apt-get install -y python3-wxgtk4.0


python3 -m pip install wxpython

On any GNU/Linux distribution: (after installing prerequisites from above)

python3 -m pip install --user PythonTurtle

If you're into automation:

Ansible tasks for setting up PythonTurtle including a desktop shortcut for GNOME.


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Tested with Python version 3.6 and wxPython version 4.0.1. Reported to run on Windows, macOS, Ubuntu Linux, and Fedora.


git clone
cd PythonTurtle
python3 -m pythonturtle

Build application bundles like this:

python3 clean bundle

Please open a pull request for contributions or bug fixes. If you can, please also add tests.


This project is licensed under the MIT license.

PythonTurtle was created by Ram Rachum as a side-project in 2009. I also provide freelance Django/Python development services. I give Python workshops to teach people Python and related topics. (Hebrew website.)