How to Install Pygame in Visual Studio Code

Pygame is a library that helps us create games using Python. Pygame uses SDL (short for Simple DirectMedia Layer), which helps us get access to the keyboard, mouse, and graphics. Pygame runs on almost every platform.

This guide shows you how to import Pygame in Visual Studio Code.

Step 1: Download Python

Download and install Python from python.org/downloads with default configurations.

Download Python
Head over to python.org/downloads. Then, download and install Python.

Step 2: Install Pygame

To install Pygame through VS Code, follow these steps:

      1. From the top-level View menu, select Terminal. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + ‘.

        Terminal
        From the View menu, select the Terminal option.

  1. Inside the terminal, enter and run the following command to install Pygame:
    pip install pygame

    Install Pygame
    Run the “pip install pygame” command in the VS Code terminal.

Step 3: Create a new Pygame project

After installing the Pygame library, we must import all functions from it. We use the “import” keyword to import a library.

For this example, let us create a simple Pygame application that displays Hello World on the screen. Follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Open Folder button from the “Explorer” tab. Then, open or create a folder from your preferred directory. In my case, I’m creating a folder named “Test” which will be saved on my Desktop.

    Open Folder
    Create and open a project folder in your preferred directory.

  2. Click on the New File button next to the project folder heading.

    New File
    Click on the New File button.

  3. Give a name to the file and add .py as an extension. I’m going to name it “app.py”

    Filename
    Enter a filename with .py as an extension.

  4. To import Pygame, type the following command in the code editor:
    import pygame
  5. Here is the entire code to print Hello World:
    import pygame
    
    #initialising pygame
    pygame.init()
    
    #defining size of game window
    windowsSize = pygame.display.set_mode((800,600)) 
    pygame.display.set_caption("Hello World Printer")
    
    #defining font attributes
    myFont = pygame.font.SysFont("Segoe UI", 90)
    helloWorld = myFont.render("Hello World", 1, (255, 0, 255), (255, 255, 255))
    
    while 1:
    for event in pygame.event.get():
    if event.type==pygame.QUIT: sys.exit()
    windowsSize.blit(helloWorld, (0, 0))
    pygame.display.update()

    Pygame Code
    Enter the given code in the code editor to print Hello World.

  6. To launch the application, click the Run Code button on the top-right corner of the code console.

    Run
    Left-click on the Run Code button.

Voilà! We’ve successfully imported and created our first Pygame application in VS Code.

Output
This is our output.

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