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Quick install guide
===================
Before you can use Django, you'll need to get it installed. We have a
:doc:`complete installation guide </topics/install>` that covers all the
possibilities; this guide will guide you to a simple, minimal installation
that'll work while you walk through the introduction.
Install Python
--------------
Being a Python Web framework, Django requires Python. It works with any Python
version from 2.6.5 to 2.7. It also features experimental support for versions
3.2 and 3.3. All these versions of Python include a lightweight database
called SQLite_ so you won't need to set up a database just yet.
.. _sqlite: http://sqlite.org/
Get Python at http://www.python.org. If you're running Linux or Mac OS X, you
probably already have it installed.
.. admonition:: Django on Jython
If you use Jython_ (a Python implementation for the Java platform), you'll
need to follow a few additional steps. See :doc:`/howto/jython` for details.
.. _jython: http://www.jython.org/
You can verify that Python is installed by typing ``python`` from your shell;
you should see something like::
Python 2.6.6 (r266:84292, Dec 26 2010, 22:31:48)
[GCC 4.4.5] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>>
Set up a database
-----------------
This step is only necessary if you'd like to work with a "large" database engine
like PostgreSQL, MySQL, or Oracle. To install such a database, consult the
:ref:`database installation information <database-installation>`.
Remove any old versions of Django
---------------------------------
If you are upgrading your installation of Django from a previous version, you
will need to :ref:`uninstall the old Django version before installing the new
version <removing-old-versions-of-django>`.
Install Django
--------------
You've got three easy options to install Django:
* Install a version of Django :doc:`provided by your operating system
distribution </misc/distributions>`. This is the quickest option for those
who have operating systems that distribute Django.
* :ref:`Install an official release <installing-official-release>`. This
is the best approach for users who want a stable version number and aren't
concerned about running a slightly older version of Django.
* :ref:`Install the latest development version
<installing-development-version>`. This is best for users who want the
latest-and-greatest features and aren't afraid of running brand-new code.
.. admonition:: Always refer to the documentation that corresponds to the
version of Django you're using!
If you do either of the first two steps, keep an eye out for parts of the
documentation marked **new in development version**. That phrase flags
features that are only available in development versions of Django, and
they likely won't work with an official release.
Verifying
---------
To verify that Django can be seen by Python, type ``python`` from your shell.
Then at the Python prompt, try to import Django::
>>> import django
>>> print(django.get_version())
1.5
You may have another version of Django installed.
That's it!
----------
That's it -- you can now :doc:`move onto the tutorial </intro/tutorial01>`.
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