{ForMyFutureQuickReference}-How to setup a Python Virtual Environment

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Instead of depending on the machine level global python installation and packages, you can have a project/application specific set of  python interpreter & packages. The benefit is, you get an isolated python development environment for each of your development projects. You do this by creating a Python Virtual Environment.

The following command will create a Python Virtual Environment.

python -m venv env1

env1 is the Virtual Environment name.

A folder gets created as env1 and it will contain the python interpreter and default libraries. You need to activate the virtual environment by:

.\env1\Scripts\activate

Now you will get a prompt as below:

Notice the “(env1)”, now whatever python packages you install will go into this virtual environment, until you issue the “deactivate” command to come out of the Virtual Environment.

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