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What are some of the best Python IDEs for Ubuntu 12.04?
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If you want a professional IDE but not free, then you can buy Wingware.

In contrary, if you want a free professional IDE, then try Eric. The version 4 is for Python 2, and the version 5 is for Python 3.


Because this greatly varies from person to person, I recommend you just try out a few and find one you like. I am currently working with Eclipse + PyDev. (PyDev is an Eclipse plugin.)


If you are familiar with Vim editor, you can add some scripts like python.vim to make it support Python more professionally.

If you prefer working in IDE like Eclipse, then PyDev will be suitable for you.

By the way, using Python's interactive command line terminal is a good way to start learning Python.

  • bpython is an even better version of the python command line interpreter (it has tab completion, inline help and syntax highlighting).
    – phoibos
    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:35

I suggest this Creative Commons licensed e-book : A byte of Python to begin learning.

IMHO Best for beginners and also you will see suggestions for editors.

Here is a list of Unix-Only editors if you want to take a look.

I suggest to begin with gedit or geany in Ubuntu.


I'm using eclipse with PyDev. It is a straight forward solution. You can get more informations in the following link http://pydev.org/manual_101_install.html


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