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PY File Extension

Python Script

What is PY file?

PY file extension is used by script files written in Python programming language. PY file contains a script code written in Python.

PY file versatility

PY file format has many applications and is fairly popular since it is used by Python‘s fast and popular interpreter. This format is supported in many operating systems, such as Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux, and a few operating system dedicated for mobile devices.

Managing PY files

Viewing, opening and editing PY files is possible by using any text editor. Running PY script, however, requires a Python interpreter installed on the system. PY script files are commonly used for system administration.

Programs which support PY file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PY files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with PY suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Updated: 02/10/2024

How to open file with PY extension?

Being unable to open files with PY extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Python Script files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with PY files.

Step 1. Install Foundation Python software

Install software to open PY file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PY files is that no program that can handle PY files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Foundation Python or one to the listed programs: Text editor, Windows Notepad, NotePad++ text editor. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Foundation Python installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Foundation Python

Update software that support file extension PYYou still cannot access PY files although Foundation Python is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Foundation Python cannot handle files with PY may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Foundation Python.

Step 3. Associate Python Script files with Foundation Python

If you have the latest version of Foundation Python installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PY on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with PY file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the PY file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Foundation Python installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open PY files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with PY file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PY extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PY extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the PY is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the PY file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check PY file for viruses
1. The PY may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the PY is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the PY file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. PY file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with PY extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the PY file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the PY file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Python Script file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Foundation Python

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PY files. Close all running programs and try opening the PY file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Python Script files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the PY files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a PY file

File Conversions from PY extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to PY file
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