The current state of IDEs built for Python is an embarrassment of riches. Six products made the cut in the last rundown, but there were many more worth noting — sophisticated efforts that provide a full-blown development system for experts, as well as modest projects suited to a first-time Pythonista.
Here are seven other Python IDEs, from the minimal to the maximal, that also should be on your radar.
Like Python’s own native IDE IDLE, Eric6 is a Python IDE written in Python, although it uses the Qt5 UI framework to provide a far more sophisticated UI than IDLE. Getting started requires some assembly, though, since Eric6 isn’t deployed like a conventional platform-native app. It’s essentially a large Python package with several weighty dependencies, such as the Python bindings for Qt5. Upshot: Getting started with Eric6 means understanding Python package management, so it isn’t likely to appeal to beginner users. That said, the installer script provides feedback so that you know which packages need to be fetched and installed to finish the setup process (PyQt5, QScintilla).
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