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Python 2.7 removed from macOS Monterey 12.3 beta

As part of the macOS Monterey 12.3 beta cycle, Apple included the following note in the publicly accessible release notes for the macOS Monterey 12.3 beta release:

Python 2.7 was removed from macOS in this update. Developers should use Python 3 or an alternative language instead. (39795874)

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This is a development which Apple has warned about for a while, beginning with macOS Catalina’s release notes:

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Apple has not included a Python 3 runtime with macOS Monterey, so the removal of Python 2.7 from macOS 12.3 and later will mean that Apple is no longer shipping a Python runtime as part of macOS.

For those who want or need to use an Apple-supplied Python distribution, Python 3 is included as part of Xcode and the Xcode Command Line Tools. Those tools are not part of macOS and will need to be installed separately.

As an alternative, a number of shops have been deploying their own Python 3 distribution. For more information on this, please see Greg Neagle’s Snakes on a Plan session from MacSysAdmin 2020:

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