Python is one of the most practical and versatile programming languages you can learn.
From organizing files on your computer, scraping data from different sites, downloading YouTube videos, to investing in cryptocurrency or the stock market, python skills come in handy in a wide range of fields.
Whether you’re looking to put your newfound skills into practice or weighing whether python is worth learning, read on to discover what you can do with python
(And by the way our best Python books list is a great resource for beginners).
Below is not an exhaustive list, however here are 22 cool things you can do with Python…
Table of Contents
- Automate Tedious Tasks
- Download YouTube videos
- Develop Basic Functional Tools
- Scrape Data from Websites
- Analyze and Visualize Data
- Recreate Classic Games and Build New Games
- Make a Text Adventure
- Monitor Sentiment Online
- Track Bitcoin Prices
- Build a Blockchain
- Dabble in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
- Build a Static or Dynamic Web Application
- Build a Cross platform Mobile App
- Build a Chatbot
- Create a Web Browser
- Create A Shortened URL
- Monitor Website Updates
- Connect Your Devices to the Internet of Things
- Create an Embedded Application
- Create an Interactive Quiz
- Create a Notes App
- Develop a Multimedia Player
Automate Tedious Tasks
Once you have the basics of python down, you can start reaping the benefits of learning python right away by automating the personal and work tasks you find boring or time consuming.
All you have to do is script a simple program to execute the tasks. Examples of tasks you can automate include organizing files, scraping data from the web, and updating spreadsheets.
How to do it: Automate the boring stuff
Download YouTube videos
YouTube won’t allow you to download their videos directly but you can do so with python. Python allows you to download YouTube videos directly from the command line.
Using the Pytube package, you can build a YouTube downloader and easily download any video from YouTube to your PC.
How to do It: Download YouTube Videos Using Python
Develop Basic Functional Tools
If you’re interested in UX and UI design, you can get started by creating simple functional tools.
Using the Tkinter module, wxWidgets, Kivy, and PYQT, you can create calculators, to do apps, alarm clocks, counter apps, units converter, and interactive maps.
How to do it: GUI Programming in Python
Scrape Data from Websites
From stock prices, currency values, academic research, to job postings, you can use python to scrape a wealth of data from websites quickly.
Python offers libraries like Selenium, ScraPy, and BeautifulSoup to simplify the task so it doesn’t take hours of your time.
How to do it: Web Scraping Using Python
Analyze and Visualize Data
Once you have the data at hand, python comes in handy again to help you analyze the data, extract the important information, and even present it in a visual manner.
Python offers a plethora of data libraries to work with including pandas to analyze data and search for trends and matplotlib, Seaborn, and Malibrarie to visualize the data in the form of charts, graphs, and maps.
How to do it: Python for Data Analysis
Recreate Classic Games and Build New Games
Would you like to experience how game development is like? Then you will be glad to hear that you don’t have to learn C# first.
You can use your python skills to create a variety of games including board games, puzzle games, arcade games, and adventure games.
You can recreate classic games like hangman, tic-tac-toe, ping-pong, and checkers or create your own games using Pygame, an open source library that has everything you will need including sounds and graphics.
How to do it: Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python
Make a Text Adventure
Got an idea for an interesting fictional story?
You can use python to take the story to a whole new level by adding visual and interactive elements.
Make use of Ren’Py to incorporate sounds and images into your story.
How to do it: Make a Text Adventure Game Using Python
Monitor Sentiment Online
Python also has a Natural Language Toolkit (nltk) you can use to find out people’s opinions about something.
For example, you can monitor reviews, comments, and tweets on a product or service, a brand, or a company.
Track Bitcoin Prices
Are you interested in Bitcoin trading? Making it in this trade requires you to stay on top of the prices. The good news is that you don’t have to stay glued to your computer monitoring the prices.
With your python skills, you can code up a Bitcoin price notification program that does this for you and enables you to strike when prices are hot.
How to do it: Build a Cryptocurrency Price Alerter Using Python
Build a Blockchain
Although originally developed as a financial technology, Blockchain is now being used for all kinds of transactions from real estate to medical records.
You can use python to build and implement a Blockchain from scratch. You’ll be using the
requests library to communicate with your blockchain.
How to do it: Learn Blockchain by Building One
Dabble in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Knowing python will also open up the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
While these fields may sound intimidating to a beginner, Python’s well-developed machine libraries make it something anyone with python skills can try.
You can program even complex algorithms with only 20 to 40 lines of code.
You can also use deep learning libraries and frameworks like PyTorch, Keras, scikit-learn, and TensorFlow to build your own neural network.
Build a Static or Dynamic Web Application
Building websites using python is easy and quick thanks to the plethora of web frameworks and libraries python offers.
You can use Pelican to build a static site and web frameworks like Django and Flask to develop dynamic websites like Instagram and Pinterest.
How to do it: Web Developer Bootcamp with Flask and Python
Build a Cross platform Mobile App
Kivy is a Python framework you can use to create a cross-platform mobile app.
The app you create will run seamlessly on Windows, macOS, and even Linux.
How to do it: Build a Mobile App with Python
Build a Chatbot
As you browse the internet, you’ve probably come across an automated chat service on websites.
With your python skills, you can create a Chatbot of your own from scratch and program it to interact with users.
This will require you to usenatural Language processing techniques and artificial intelligence libraries.
How to do it: Build Chatbots with Python
Create a Web Browser
Coding up your personal web browser is another exciting thing you can accomplish with python.
Make it as simple or as complex as you want. For starters, it should allow you to enter URLs and then load the webpages.
You can then add features such as bookmarks and any other cool features you ever wished for in a browser.
How to do it: Building a Simple Web Browser in Python
Create A Shortened URL
Any time you want to share a URL and want to make the URL look prettier, you have python to the rescue.
Its Django framework makes it easy to create your very own URL shortener such as Bit.ly.
How to do it: Create a URL Shortener with Python
Monitor Website Updates
Whether you want to stay on top of new posts or get notified when a product becomes available again, simply write a script that automatically checks the website of interest and notifies you of changes.
Remember to keep the time interval between checks reasonable otherwise you might overload the servers.
How to do it: Website Monitoring Using Python
Connect Your Devices to the Internet of Things
Python also supports the Internet of Things (IoT) so you can bring your personal devices such as your car, fridge, and lawn watering system online.
Python already has ready to use implementations for use with IoT. For example, MicroPython allows you to program microcontrollers.
How to do it: Internet of Things with Python
Create an Embedded Application
Since python is based on the C programming language, you can use it to create an embedded application such as Raspberry Pi.
You can use the embedded application as a computer or to get a robot to do what you want.
How to do it: Python for Microcontrollers
Create an Interactive Quiz
One of the fun things you can do with python is to come up with an interactive quiz that asks users some questions and uses the answers to output personalized results.
The quiz can be on anything from find your personality, relationship match, or what programming language to learn.
How to do it: Build a Quiz Game in Python
Create a Notes App
Whether you’re employed, an artist, or a student, taking notes is probably a part of your life.
If you find the notes app you use lacking, you can use python to create a unique notes app and equip it with the features you need.
How to do it: Build a Note Taking App Using Python
Develop a Multimedia Player
Using Python you can develop an audio and video application such as TimPlayer and Cplay.
You will enjoy the fruits of your effort as Python based media players have great stability and performance.
How to do it: Build a Python Media Player
To Wrap Up
Actually, there’s no limit to what you can do with python. The language is suitable or adaptable to almost any use case you can think of.
The Python Tricks book will also give you ideas on other things you can accomplish with this multi-purpose programming language.
Mike is the creator of Go With Code and a coder at heart 🙂