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Using the Textpad Editor from Within IPython [ID:011] (3/4)

in series: Python Development with IPython

video tutorial by Ian Ozsvald, added 03/07

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The IPython interactive Python shell allows the use of an external editor for editing multiple lines of code. Here we show how to replace the default (Notepad in Windows) with your favourite light-weight editor and how to use it from within IPython.

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12. anonymous Sun, 03 Jan 2010 17:53

thanks - saved me a lot of time as I don't use windows much

Hi Ian~

I enjoy working in IPy, but I am having trouble importing modules, even from folders in the PATH directory. Am I making some kind of obvious mistake? Or, is IPy exceptionally particular about where it looks for files?



10. anonymous Sat, 28 Nov 2009 13:50

Answered my query about how ipython chooses an editor - great. Thanks

9. anonymous Sun, 06 Sep 2009 11:06

Perfect. Just what I was looking for.


8. anonymous Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:02

Thanks , that was very useful and informative

7. anonymous Tue, 02 Jun 2009 09:54


6. anonymous Thu, 21 May 2009 05:22

Thanks a lot for creating such tutorials. It is really helpful to get work done quickly :)

5. anonymous Sun, 11 Jan 2009 13:38

I'm a Matlab user, but want open source alternative. Installed python(x,y) with ipython. Love it. Great howto about textpad.


B Dewberry, Huntsville, AL USA

4. anonymous Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:18

Directory _ipython is located in the home directory specified by HOME environment variable, if that variable is defined.


2. anonymous Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:28

In Windows XP spaces in names are ok.

You could make the IPython screen more attractive -- click on the upper left corner and

defaults on the dropdown menu

Instead of the spinning lines, add text with a 'fill bar' to indicate to the user that the buffer is being prepped for playback...

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