scrobbler can use either a python 2 or python 3 script to scrape your scrobbles, but I recommend using the python 3 version. The easiest way to check if R will use a python 3 installation is to use
scrobbler::py_version(). On my machine it returns
Python 3.6.0 :: Anaconda 4.3.0 (x86_64)
If your version has 3 as its major number (i.e., 3.x.y) then you’re fine.
However if your version has a 2 as its major number then you’ll need to download a version of python 3 which can be done here.
Once that is downloaded, you need to tell R to use that version by default. This requires editing your
.Rprofile file to set python 3 as your default.
To figure out where your python 3 is installed type the following into the R console
if you’re on mac, or
system2("where", "python3") #> Warning in system2("where", "python3"): error in running command
if you’re on windows. The output I get on my machine is
//anaconda/bin/python3, but it may look different on yours.
Then, open your
.Rprofile by doing
Unless you’ve edited this before, it will probably be blank. Into your
.Rprofile, paste the following
Sys.setenv(PATH = paste(c("python3path", Sys.getenv("PATH")), collapse = .Platform$path.sep))
python3path is replaced by the output from either
which python3 or
where python3 from above.
As an example, when I do
system2("which", "python3"), my output is
Therefore, the code I paste into
Sys.setenv(PATH = paste(c("//anaconda/bin", Sys.getenv("PATH")), collapse = .Platform$path.sep))
Note that I have removed the
/python3 bit from the end.
Save and close your
.Rprofile and restart R. Now when you run
It should return a python3 installation.