NSA Python study group

London, UK

πŸ“š Study room (under development)

πŸ“„ Download course materials (18Mb)

πŸ’¬ Join or visit our discord server

πŸ‘ Code of conduct

Learn Python from the NSA

A recently released FOIA request made to the NSA brought their internal Python training course to light...

If you'd like to learn Python direct from NSA materials, the recording of our event from March 2020 is still online.

🌟 Python beginners with or without a background in other programming languages are very welcome! More experienced developers, come along, share your skills, and explore the course material with us.

🌟 The course is designed for self-study or classroom work. We will work together on the course material, and support each other.

🌟 We will make inroads on the first few modules and assess the course material together as we go...

πŸ’¬ We'll be communicating on our Discord server during and after the first session.

This event switched to ONLINE only during the lockdown. We adapted!

We are seeking a sponsor to cover the cost of hospitality at future meet ups.

Please reach out to: team@policerewired.org


NSA structure

The course from the NSA is very accessible, and broken down into 2 parts...

Basics of Python (week 1)

Further topics (week 2)

Our structure

We'll be taking things at a more leisurely pace...

Our first meet is to form a study group, explore the first few modules, and establish together how suitable the course material is for our structure.

Course materials

On 7 Feb 2020, Chris Swenson released the scanned, OCR'd output from an FOIA request he made to the NSA - asking for their Python training materials. It's a 400-page 180Mb PDF.

Shortly afterwards, Sherif Eldeeb released a reduced, 18 Mb version.

Our mirrors, hosted on Google Drive, permit commenting on the document - and we will be making use of the reduced version to share information, tips, and commentary on the material.

We have provided shortcuts to the start of the first 11 modules, under Basics of Python in the study room.

Code of conduct

Everybody should be able to feel safe and enjoy our events, free from harassment.

Please take the time to read our code of conduct. It's the same code of conduct we used at Hack the Police, and designed to ensure a positive, fun event for all.

You will need


In order to be able to participate in the study group, please remember to bring:


Read about this initiative in Learn Python from the NSA on dev.to - a community of software developers helping each other out.

πŸ“š Study room (under development)

πŸ“„ Download course materials (18Mb)

πŸ’¬ Join or visit our discord server

πŸ‘ Code of conduct

The study room

The study room is space where we can live stream, and also work together in groups.

It also contains a library with deep links into the first 10 modules of the material.

It's currently under development - so please bear with us as we try to get this right...

We'll see you there on Saturday the 28th!