How to run python3 code in VSCode? /bin/sh: 1: python: not found

I'm trying to run a python file in VSCode using python3.

I know I can fix by simply setting to run using integrated terminal like it says in the microsoft vscode tutorial on python. However, I would like the program to print in the output tab and not take up the terminal window.

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The standard code runner config file launch.json, looks like this;

"version": "0.2.0",
"configurations": [
        "name": "Python: Current File",
        "type": "python",
        "request": "launch",
        "program": "${file}",
        "console": "integratedTerminal"

I've tried to set my python path in VSCode in settings.json

"python.pythonPath": "python3",
"code-runner.executorMap": {
    "python3": "/usr/bin/python3"

I've also set an alias for python -> python3 (as my ubuntu 20.04 doesn't come with python2 anymore)

alias python="python3"

However, I keep getting the above error. Any Ideas?


  • Solution in 2023

    Step1 : Goto settings of Code Runner extension

    Step2 : Find the section

    Code-runner: Executor Map

    And click on

    Edit in settings.json

    Step3 : Now change the setting for python


    "code-runner.executorMap": {
        "python": "python -u"

    Change this to

    "code-runner.executorMap": {
        "python": "python3 -u"