How can I get Python path under Windows?

0 votes
asked Mar 15, 2009 by fang-pen-lin

I want to know where is the Python installation path. For example:


How can I get the installation path of python?

6 Answers

0 votes
answered Mar 15, 2009 by gimel

On my windows installation, I get these results:

>>> import sys
>>> sys.executable
>>> sys.platform

(You can also look in sys.path for reasonable locations.)

0 votes
answered Mar 15, 2009 by elo80ka
>>> import os
>>> import sys
>>> os.path.dirname(sys.executable)
0 votes
answered Mar 15, 2009 by codeape

If you need to know the installed path under Windows without starting the python interpreter, have a look in the Windows registry.

Each installed Python version will have a registry key in either:

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Python\PythonCore\versionnumber\InstallPath
  • HKCU\SOFTWARE\Python\PythonCore\versionnumber\InstallPath

In 64-bit Windows, it will be under the Wow6432Node key:

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Python\PythonCore\versionnumber\InstallPath
0 votes
answered Sep 15, 2017 by amol-manthalkar

It would be either of

  • C:\Python36
  • C:\Users\(Your logged in User)\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python36
0 votes
answered Sep 15, 2017 by aekansh-kansal

If you have python in your enviroment variable so you can also use type command in cmd as

>>> where python

command line image

0 votes
answered Sep 15, 2017 by peter

If anyone needs to do this in C# I'm using the following code:

static string GetPythonExecutablePath(int major = 3)
    var software = "SOFTWARE";
    var key = Registry.CurrentUser.OpenSubKey(software);
    if (key == null)
        key = Registry.LocalMachine.OpenSubKey(software);
    if (key == null)
        return null;

    var pythonCoreKey = key.OpenSubKey(@"Python\PythonCore");
    if (pythonCoreKey == null)
        pythonCoreKey = key.OpenSubKey(@"Wow6432Node\Python\PythonCore");
    if (pythonCoreKey == null)
        return null;

    var pythonVersionRegex = new Regex("^" + major + @"\.(\d+)-(\d+)$");
    var targetVersion = pythonCoreKey.GetSubKeyNames().
                                        Select(n => pythonVersionRegex.Match(n)).
                                        Where(m => m.Success).
                                        OrderByDescending(m => int.Parse(m.Groups[1].Value)).
                                        ThenByDescending(m => int.Parse(m.Groups[2].Value)).
                                        Select(m => m.Groups[0].Value).First();

    var installPathKey = pythonCoreKey.OpenSubKey(targetVersion + @"\InstallPath");
    if (installPathKey == null)
        return null;

    return (string)installPathKey.GetValue("ExecutablePath");
Welcome to Q&A, where you can ask questions and receive answers from other members of the community.
Website Online Counter