How to Install Python idle IDE on Fedora 24 Workstation

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install the Python idle IDE on Fedora 24 Workstation. We are going to install the idle IDE for both python 2 and python 3.

Install Python idle IDE on Fedora 24 Workstation

Install Python idle for python 3

IDLE editor for python 3 in fedora 24 provides by the python3-tools package. We can install python3-tools on fedora using dnf command.

Open the Linux terminal and execute

dnf -y install python3-tools

Install idle ide for python 2

Idle for python 2 provides by the python-tools package.

dnf -y install python-tools

Open Python IDLE on Fedora Linux

There is no menu shortcut to launch idle on fedora by default. But we can open idle from the Linux command line.

To open idle3, type


To open idle2, type


Add IDLE to Gnome Application Menu

Do the following steps to add the idle ide to Fedora gnome activities menu.

Download idle icon image

wget -O /usr/share/icons/idle.png

Create a file called idle3.desktop inside the /usr/share/applications directory (If want to use idle 2 create a file called idle2.desktop).

touch /usr/share/applications/idle3.desktop

Open the idle3.desktop file and add the following configuration.

[Desktop Entry]Version=1.0


Name=IDLE 3

GenericName=Text Editor

Comment=Interactive Editor for Python Programming








For idle 2 change parameters name and Exec as follow.

Name=IDLE 2


Now you can launch the idle editor from the fedora gnome activities menu.

open idle python ide on fedora 24

The Fedora idle IDE includes both interactive python shell and the python text editor. You can run python script within the editor by pressing F5 key on the keyboard.