The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python!

Greetings, Earthling! Welcome to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python.

This is a living, breathing guide. If you’d like to contribute, fork us on GitHub!

This handcrafted guide exists to provide both novice and expert Python developers a best practice handbook to the installation, configuration, and usage of Python on a daily basis.

This guide is opinionated in a way that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Python’s official documentation. You won’t find a list of every Python web framework available here. Rather, you’ll find a nice concise list of highly recommended options.


The use of Python 3 is highly preferred over Python 2. Consider upgrading your applications and infrastructure if you find yourself still using Python 2 in production today. If you are using Python 3, congratulations — you are indeed a person of excellent taste. —Kenneth Reitz

Let’s get started! But first, let’s make sure you know where your towel is.

Additional Notes

This part of the guide, which is mostly prose, begins with some background information about Python, then focuses on next steps.


Notes defined within all diatonic and chromatic musical scales have been intentionally excluded from this list of additional notes. Additionally, this note.

Contribution notes and legal information (for those interested).