Asked By – Bilal Basharat
I had two versions of Python installed on my machine (versions 2.6 and 2.5). I want to run 2.6 for one project and 2.5 for another.
How can I specify which I want to use?
I am working on Windows XP SP2.
Now we will see solution for issue: How to run multiple Python versions on Windows
Running a different copy of Python is as easy as starting the correct executable. You mention that you’ve started a python instance, from the command line, by simply typing
What this does under Windows, is to trawl the
%PATH% environment variable, checking for an executable, either batch file (
.bat), command file (
.cmd) or some other executable to run (this is controlled by the
PATHEXT environment variable), that matches the name given. When it finds the correct file to run the file is being run.
Now, if you’ve installed two python versions 2.5 and 2.6, the path will have both of their directories in it, something like
PATH=c:\python\2.5;c:\python\2.6 but Windows will stop examining the path when it finds a match.
What you really need to do is to explicitly call one or both of the applications, such as
The other alternative is to create a shortcut to the respective
python.exe calling one of them
python25 and the other
python26; you can then simply run
python25 on your command line.