We set students up with the Learn IDE so that they can focus on quickly learning how to program.
To get set up with the latest version of the IDE, follow these instructions.
Everything you see in the terminal of the Learn IDE is actually taking place on Flatiron’s servers. We've already set up the servers to have all the tools you'll need to complete the labs that you'll encounter in the curriculum. There are lots of packages to download and commands to run in order to get your computer setup so you can start writing code.
We built the Learn IDE so that you could side-step all of the issues involved with setting up a local environment and get right to coding! That way, you don't have to spend time configuring your system - at least, not just yet. Once you've got a little experience under your belt, you should move to a local development environment.
When should you move to a local development environment?
See the Help Center article When should I switch to a local environment for instructions on when to switch, as well as links to instructions for your operating system.