Choosing a Python IDE. what is your Pythonish recommendation? I do not know what to choose.

fpp nntp.fpp at
Thu Jan 5 15:32:00 EST 2017

> On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 12:12 PM, Chris Clark <chris.p.clark at>
> wrote: 
>> I want an IDE that I can use at work and home, linux and dare I say
>> windows.
>> Sublime, had to remove it from my work PC as it is not licensed.
>> Atom, loved it until it slowed down.
>> VIM, ok the best if you know vi inside out.
>> Any JAVA based IDE, just slows up on work PC's due to all the
>> background stuff that corporates insist they run.
>> Why can not someone more clever than I fork DrPython and bring it up
>> to date.
>> Its is fast, looks great and just does the job ?

I'm suprised no one in this rich thread has even mentioned SciTE :

Admittedly it's closer to an excellent code editor than a full-blown IDE.
But it's very lightweight and fast, cross-platform, has superb syntax 
coloring and UTF8 handling, and is highly configurable through its 
configuration file(s) and embedded LUA scripting.
It's also well maintained : version 1.0 came out in 1999, and the latest 
(3.7.2) is just a week old...

Its IDE side consists mostly of hotkeys to run the interpreter or 
compiler for the language you're editing, with the file in the current 
A side pane shows the output (prints, exceptions, errors etc.) of the 
running script.
A nice touch is that it understands these error messages and makes them 
clickable, taking you to the tab/module/line where the error occurred.
Also, it can save its current tabs (and their state) to a "session" file 
for later reloading, which is close to the idea of a "project" in most 
Oh, and it had multi-selection and multi-editing before most of the new 
IDEs out there :-)

Personally that's about all I need for my Python activities, but it can 
be customized much further than I have done : there are "hooks" for other 
external programs than compilers/interpreters, so you can also run a 
linter, debugger or cvs from the editor.

One word of warning: unlike most newer IDEs which tend to be shiny-shiny 
and ful of bells and whistles at first sight, out of the box SciTE is 
*extremely* plain looking (you could even say drab, or ugly :-).
It is up to you to decide how it should look and what it should do or 
not, through the configuration file.
Fortunately the documentation is very thorough, and there are a lot of 
examples lying around to be copy/pasted (like a dark theme, LUA scripts 

Did I mention it's lightweight ? The archive is about 1.5 MB and it just 
needs unzipping, no installation. May be worth a look if you haven't 
tried it yet...

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