10+ Best Python IDES for Software Development

Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Using third-party tools, Python code can be packaged into standalone executable programs (such as Py2exe, or Pyinstaller). Python interpreters are available for many operating systems. Programmers often fall in love with Python because of the increased productivity it provides. Since there is no compilation step, the edit-test-debug cycle is incredibly fast.

If you are going to develop software using Python, please choose an Best Python IDE (Integrated Development Environment). In this page we have collected some really good Integrated Development Environments for Python, which provides you a convenient environment to code, edit, test, and debug applications written in Python. Let’s have a look on all of them, one by one.

IDLE (Windows, Mac, Linux)

IDLE is Python’s Tkinter-based Integrated DeveLopment Environment. It emphasizes a lightweight, clean design with a simple user interface. IDLE has an integrated debugger with stepping, persistent breakpoints, and call stack visibility.

Although it is suitable for beginners, even advanced users will find that IDLE has everything they really need to develop pure Python code.

Free Download for IDLE

PyScripter (Windows)

PyScripter is a free and open-source Python Integrated Development Environment (IDE) created with the ambition to become competitive in functionality with commercial Windows-based IDEs available for other languages. Being built in a compiled language is rather snappier than some of the other Python IDEs and provides an extensive blend of features that make it a productive Python development environment.

Free Download for PyScripter

Geany (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Geany is a text editor using the GTK2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. It supports many filetypes and has some nice features. Geany supports C、C++、Java、PHP、HTML、Python、Perl、Pascal、Haskell、LaTex and more.

Free Download for Geany

Python Tools for Visual Studio (Windows)

PTVS(Python Tools for Visual Studio) is a free/OSS plugin that turns Visual Studio into a Python IDE. It supports CPython, IronPython, Editing, Browsing, Intellisense, Debugging, Profiling, HPC Clusters, Multiple REPL’s, IPython, Django, and Cloud computing with Client Libraries for Windows, Linux and MacOS. This is an officially supported product from Microsoft’s Developer Division.

Free Download for PTVS

MonoDevelop (Windows, Mac, Linux)

MonoDevelop is a cross-platform IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages. MonoDevelop enables developers to quickly write desktop and ASP.NET Web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX. It supports Python through Python plugin.

Free Download for MonoDevelop

PyDev + Eclipse (Windows, Mac, Linux)


PyDev is a Python IDE for Eclipse, which may be used in Python, Jython and IronPython development. It comes with many goodies such as: Code completion, Debugger, Type hinting, Unittest integration and others.

Free Download for PyDev

Spyder (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Spyder (previously known as Pydee) is a powerful interactive development environment for the Python language with advanced editing, interactive testing, debugging and introspection features.

Free Download for Spyder

Eric (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Eric is a full featured Python and Ruby editor and IDE, written in python. It is based on the cross platform Qt gui toolkit, integrating the highly flexible Scintilla editor control.?It includes a plugin system, which allows easy extension of the IDE functionality with plugins downloadable from the net.

Free Download for Eric

Komodo Edit (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Komodo Edit is an open source application that has support for PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Perl, Tcl, XML, HTML 5 and CSS 3. It has syntax coloring, folding, background syntax checking,  auto-complete and calltips. There are lots of extensions created by the community that will help you customize it more.

Free Download for Komodo Edit

IEP (Windows, Mac, Linux)

IEP(Interactive Editor for Python) is a cross-platform Python IDE aimed at interactivity and introspection. Its practical design is aimed at simplicity and efficiency. IEP consists of an editor, a shell, and a set of tools to help the programmer in various ways.

Free Download for IEP

PythonToolkit (Windows, Mac, Linux)

PythonToolkit (PTK) is an interactive environment for python. It is built around a console window and simple python source editor and a Tool plugin system so that extra features and support for python packages can be easily added. PTK can be used as a general purpose interactive python environment especially for interactive gui programming.

Free Download for PTK

Code::Blocks (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Code::Blocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable. Built around a plugin framework, Code::Blocks can be extended with plugins. Any kind of functionality can be added by installing/coding a plugin. For instance, compiling and debugging functionality is already provided by plugins.

Code::Blocks has a lot of nice features that make it a good general purpose editor. With just a little work you can set up python projects. (There are no scripted language project templates in Code::Blocks by default yet).

Free Download for Code::Blocks

Anjuta DevStudio (Linux)

As a GNOME Integrated Development Environment, Anjuta DevStudio is a versatile software development studio featuring a number of advanced programming facilities including project management, application wizard, interactive debugger, source editor, version control, GUI designer, profiler and many more tools. Anjuta supports many languages such as C, C++, python, Java, JavaScript and more. It focuses on providing simple and usable user interface, yet powerful for efficient development.

Free Download for Anjuta DevStudio

Wing IDE (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Wingware’s Wing IDE is an Integrated Development Environment designed specifically for the Python programming language. Since 1999, Wingware has focused on Python. Wing IDE can be used with Django, matplotlib, Zope, Plone, Google App Engine, PyQt, PySide, wxPython, PyGTK, Tkinter, mod_wsgi, pygame, Autodesk Maya, NUKE, Blender, and many other Python frameworks.

Free Trial Download for Wing IDE

PyCharm (Windows, Mac, Linux)

JetBrains PyCharm is a Python IDE with complete set of tools for productive development with Python programming language. In addition, the IDE provides high-class capabilities for professional Web development with Django framework.

Free Trial Download for PyCharm


  1. clod Reply

    I suggest to try Codelobster: http://www.codelobster.com
    It is very good free editor for Python

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