Top 10 Python IDEs for Software Development

Feb 5, 2020 6:49:07 PM

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Python is one of the most wanted programming languages by developers worldwide. The popularity of this high-level programming language can be estimated from the fact that over 155,543 websites online are built using Python, with 89,952 unique domains. | Similar Tech

And not just the website development, Python is being used for AI development, data analytics, IoT development, data mining, and more. 

Considering the high demand for this language, there is a rising demand for Python IDEs and frameworks amongst Python developers. We have already shared a list of some of the most popular Python frameworks before and here, we will discuss the top 10 Python IDEs for software development. 


Spyder can be used by developers, scientists, and data analysts. The Python IDE allows advanced editing, analysis, debugging and profiling functionality which makes it a comprehensive solution for data exploration, deep inspection, and interactive execution. 


When you down PyCharm, you can expect an interface for code inspection, on-the-fly error highlighting, quick-fixes while the code is written. There are automated code refactorings and navigation facilities available with this Python IDE. Along with Python, the IDE offers support for other programming languages such as Javascript, Cthyon, HTML/CSS, SQL, NodeJS, and AngularJS. 


PyDev is an open-source Python IDE for Eclipse. The IDE comes with the Django framework, code analysis, debugging features, enables code analysis, integrated with PyLint, has an interactive console and more that allows developers to start with seamless Python development. 


IDLE (Integrated Development and Learning Environment) is a default editor that comes with Python. It comes with a Python Shell window which is an interactive interpreter that colorizes code input, output, and error messages. IDLE has debugger with persistent breakpoints, stepping, and viewing of the global and local namespace. 


Wing IDE comes with context-appropriate auto-completion feature, inline error detection, invocation assistance, refactoring, customizable snippets, and can emulate vi, Eclipse, MATLAB, XCode, & emacs. Wing also supports remote development by enabling Python code to run on a remote host, VM, or container. 

Eric Python 

Eric Python is an IDE and Python editor. It is developed on a cross-platform QT toolkit integrated with the Scintilla editor and plugin system that helps in easy extension of the IDE with third-party plugins. Eric Python supports localization and has a rope refactoring tool for development.


Thonny is popular as the Python IDE for beginners. It enables the developers to check how the programs and shell commands affect Python variables. Debugging in Thonny is possible with functions keys (F5, F6, F7) and supports error highlighting, auto-code completion, function call representation, etc. 


For an IDE with a simple interface, Atom is the preferred choice of developers. It has a built-in manager, a file system browser, and supports pane features, finds & replace text across application, etc. 

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is an open-source code editor that is specifically meant for editing of web and cloud projects. It includes an editor and an integrated environment for development. It supports auto-code completion, syntax highlighting, can be integrated with GIT, have debugging options, and more.  


Vim is a configurable text editor which is often used as a Python environment. It as a logical, structured command language and has support for various programming languages and files. 

I know I have missed a few IDEs for the mere fact that it is difficult to include every one of them. If you think I missed something that needs to be on this list, mention it in the comments below.

Archna Oberoi

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