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Additional information about VPython

Full documentation is available at by clicking Help. Here is a direct link.

User forums

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VPython 7 user forum

Web VPython user forum

Until Feb. 2013, there was a VPython mailing list whose archives may be found at Please do not write to that list; instead post on the VPython 7 or Web VPython user forum.


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VPython on Stackoverflow: A third party question and answer site for users to share about VPython. We encourage people to post to the VPython user forum or the Web VPython user forum rather than to Stackoverflow, as there is a large number of knowledgeable users in these forums and one will get a faster response.


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The Python web site: The Python programming language, on which VPython is based.

Plans for the future

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Here is a description of the plan for future development of VPython.

Galleries of VPython programs

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Jay Wang has posted a gallery of photos and movies of a variety of interesting VPython programs. Another large set of example programs is available at

Presentations about VPython

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A podcast interview with Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood about the history of VPython.

A blog article on A time line for VPython development by Bruce Sherwood.

A brief technical presentation on the relationship between Web VPython and VPython 7.

A poster on the relationship between Web VPython and VPython 7 in a Jupyter notebook.

For developers: In-depth technical documentation

Textbooks that include the use of VPython

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Matter & Interactions Ruth Chabay & Bruce Sherwood; calculus-based introductory physics, including the use of VPython (4th edition 2015)

Computational Physics: Problem Solving with Python Rubin H. Landau, Manuel J. Páez, Cristian Bordeianu (2015)

Computational Physics with Python Mark Newman (2012)

An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Robert H. Swendsen (2012)

Equilibrium Statistical Physics With Computer Simulations in Python Leonard M. Sander (2013)

Soil Physics with Python: Transport in the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere System Marco Bittelli, Gaylon S. Campbell, and Fausto Tomei (2015)

Computational Modeling and Visualization of Physical Systems with Python Jay Wang (2016)