Please note I’m not asking "how to check which version of Python did I install".
I’ve installed several versions of Pythons on my Windows computer, for example Python 2.7-64, Python 2.7-32, and Python 3.7-32.
Python 3 includes "py" and "pyw" which helps me to easily start different Pythons, for example:
What I’m wondering is, how to check how many different versions of Python did I install on my Windows PC and what versions are they?
PyCharm is able to find it but, for one thing, I don’t know if it is a complete list, and for another, I wonder if there is any tool provided by Python or the operating system can do it.
I just got the answer. By typing “py -h” or “py –help” I got the help message:
C:Usersadmin>py -h Python Launcher for Windows Version 3.7.1150.1013 usage: py [launcher-args] [python-args] script [script-args] Launcher arguments: -2 : Launch the latest Python 2.x version -3 : Launch the latest Python 3.x version -X.Y : Launch the specified Python version The above all default to 64 bit if a matching 64 bit python is present. -X.Y-32: Launch the specified 32bit Python version -X-32 : Launch the latest 32bit Python X version -X.Y-64: Launch the specified 64bit Python version -X-64 : Launch the latest 64bit Python X version -0 --list : List the available pythons -0p --list-paths : List with paths
Which tells me that “-0” (zero, not letter “O”) lists the available pythons:
C:Usersadmin>py -0 Installed Pythons found by py Launcher for Windows -3.7-64 * -3.7-32 -2.7-64 -2.7-32
While “-0p” lists not only the versions, but also the paths:
C:Usersadmin>py -0p Installed Pythons found by py Launcher for Windows -3.7-64 C:UsersadminAppDataLocalProgramsPythonPython37python.exe * -3.7-32 C:UsersadminAppDataLocalProgramsPythonPython37-32python.exe -2.7-64 C:Python27_64python.exe -2.7-32 C:Python27_32python.exe
py -0p doesn’t work for you:
C:> dir site.py -s -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
C:>dir site.py /s
I found this workaround on Webucator and made some small adjustments for powershell.
dir with the
s parameter "lists every occurrence of the specified file name within the specified directory and all subdirectories" (Microsoft Docs).
dir <filename> /s returns occurrences of <filename> within the specified directory and all sub-directories, run this from your C drive (unless you only want to check under a specific directory, e.g. check Python installations for a user).
dir site.py /s technically just checks for all site.py files (which is a module in Python’s Standard Library) and returns their parent directory’s full path. This means that it will miss an installation if site.py has been removed for some reason and also return directories that aren’t Python installations but contain python files named site.
Lastly, this returns the parent directory for site.py, not the path for the Python installation’s executable (like
py -0p would if it worked for you). site.py’s parent directory will include the path to the Python installation (e.g. C:UsersNamePython36) as well as the additional sub-driectories containing site.py (e.g. Lib).
As I got from running python -2,
Requested Python version (2) not installed, use -0 for available pythons PS C:UsersASUS> py -0 Installed Pythons found by C:Windowspy.exe Launcher for Windows -3.9-64 *
As in, use command
if you are using windows type in CMD
and get something like this
C:Python310python.exe C:UsersfacundoAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsAppspython.exe C:UsersfacundoAppDataLocalProgramsPythonPython38python.exe
In cmd run:
My result (all versions of python intalled):
-V:3.11 * Python 3.11 (64-bit) -V:3.9 -V:3.8 Python 3.8 (64-bit) -V:3.6 Python 3.6 (64-bit) -V:3.5 -V:ContinuumAnalytics/Anaconda39-64 Anaconda py39_4.12.0
"Works for me"