Looking for a good interactive shell

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Sun Nov 21 18:31:11 CET 2004

Tomas wrote:
> Hi!
> I'm looking for a replacement for the standard interactive python shell. So 
> far I've tried IPython and PyCrust. I liked both, but I'm not 100% happy 
> with any of them. My main complaint about IPython is its missing support for 
> multiline editing. To do multiline editing, it has to start an external 
> editor, but then I lose all the nice features like autocompletion.
> PyCrust supports multiline editing, but the autocompletion is not as good as 
> in IPython. It also lacks many of IPython's advanced features, like 
> pdb-integration, magic commands and custom macros.
> Does anyone know of any other interactive python shells with good code 
> completion and multiline editing?

Not really. IPython is being rewritten to be more flexible and modular 
so that the niceties like pdb integration, magic commands, and macros 
can be integrated into PyShell, for example.

Robert Kern
rkern at ucsd.edu

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