Which IDLE package I should install from Software Center in Ubuntu assuming I want to program in Python 3?

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You can install IDLE for Python 3 by installing the idle3 package in the official Ubuntu repositories:

sudo apt-get install idle3

For Python 2, replace idle3 with idle.

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    When I ran the code and installed idle3, it also installed idle-python3.4 alongside. I assume it is not idle3 itself that actually runs when I run it on command terminal but rather idle-python3.4. idle3 itself is just pointing at it. If a new version (say idle-python3.5) is released, it downloads that and idle3 starts to point at that from that moment on as far as I understand. Is this correct?
    – SarpSTA
    Jun 25, 2017 at 18:45
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    @SarpSTA Yeah I would expect that to happen automatically.
    – edwinksl
    Jun 25, 2017 at 19:00

Use this package. Any of IDLE3 packages are fine. If you install IDLE3 it will get updated when they release a new version of IDLE3. But if you install IDLE(using Python-3.4), it won't get updated when IDLE for 3.5 is available.

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