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How to Install Pygame on a Mac

How to Install Pygame on a Mac

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Andrew Strain
·May 8, 2022·

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Pygame is a gaming API written in, well, you guessed it, Python. It lets you use the Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL 2) for all of your gaming needs.

Pygame Prerequisites For The Mac

You will need the following installed on your Mac:

To install Homebrew, issue the following command:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

To install Python 3, issue the following command:

xcode-select --install

Pygame Installation On The Mac

First, using Homebrew, install SDL 2:

brew update  
brew install pkg-config xquartz 
brew install sdl2 sdl2_gfx sdl2_image sdl2_mixer sdl2_net sdl2_ttf

Create your virtual environment:

python3 -m venv venv  
source venv/bin/activate

Then update your pip:

pip install —-upgrade pip setuptools

And finally, install pygame:

pip install wheel  
pip install venvdotapp  
venvdotapp 
pip install pygame

Testing The Pygame Install

The Getting Started guide says to test it with:

python -m pygame.examples.aliens

It is a pretty fun game. If you like it, there is a game called Solar Wolf. It's a fast-paced shoot 'em up game.

Please let me know if you experience any issues.

What Pygame is your favorite? If you are a developer, what is your genre?

 
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