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I have done a little Django development, but it has all been in a text editor. I was curious what more advanced development tools others are using in their Django development.
I am used to using Visual Studio for development and really like the IntelliSense, code completion, and file organization it provides and would like to find something (or a combination of tools) that would provide some of this in the Django/Python environment.


Answer 1:

I use Eclipse and a plain vanilla PyDev. There isn’t any specific Django functionality. The best I came up with was setting up a run profile to run the development web server.

If you add the web tools project (WTP), you’ll get syntax highlighting in your templates, but nothing that relates to the specific template language. PyDev is a decent plugin, and if you are already familiar with Eclipse and use it for other projects it is a good way to go.

I recall NetBeans starting to get Python support, but I have no idea where that is right now. Lots of people rave about NetBeans 6, but in the Java world Eclipse still reigns as the king of the OSS IDEs.

Answer 2:

There is PyCharm from JetBrains which supports Django and Google Apps. It looks promising.

Note: You need to buy a license for the Professional version if you want Django support. The Community version desn’t support Django.

Answer 3:

I use Vim:


Sublime Text 2 is pretty awesome. It supports a lot of Vim commands if you want them: Vintage Mode

It has a nice package manager:

I use these packages so far:





Theme – Soda


I still love Vim but … did I mention that Sublime Text plugins are written in Python?

Answer 4:

I use Komodo Edit. Check out the Open Komodo Edit.

Answer 5:



Answer 6:

I am beginning to enjoy working with Aptana Studios + PyDev (and other) plugins for all sorts of web application development. As you can tell, it is built on top of the powerful Eclipse, but is tailor-designed to focus on web application development.

Answer 7:

I use Kate (KDE Advanced Text Editor) for most of my development, including Django. It has both a Python and Django Templates syntax higlighting. I switch to Quanta+ when a significant part of the project involves HTML.

Since it uses Kate’s KPart, it’s just as good for editing the Python parts, and for the HTML templates i have the whole Quanta+ tools, while still highligting Django-specific tags.

Update 2013: Unfortunately, Quanta+ has been dead for years now, and there’s no hope that it will ever be resurrected. Also, there’s no other usable HTML editor out there, so it’s Kate all the time now.

Answer 8:

NetBeans for Python is my current favorite (lighter and so much easier to install than Eclipse I found). Supports simple refactoring, autocompletion, errors/warnings…

Eclipse Aptana PyDev probably one of the most complete free IDE nowadays (haven’t tested a lot)

Wingware Python IDE a commercial IDE, which has some Django-specific project setup features the ability to debug Django template files.

IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Edition another commercial IDE which has also a plugin for Python that is under heavy development. I saw some demo which look very promising on the auto-completion (for templates and Python).

Vim which I still use a small touch-fix application. See also: Extra tweaks for Django.

Answer 9:

You guys should checkout PyCharm! It is the first decent Django IDE.

Answer 10:

PyCharm. It is best the IDE for Python,Django, and web development I’ve tried so far. It is totally worth the money.

Answer 11:

Eclipse has the PyDev plugin for python development. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how well it integrates with Django.

Answer 12:

As far as I know there is not “an IDE” for Django, but there are some IDEs that support Django right out of the box, specifically the Django syntax for templates.

The name is Komodo, and it has a lot of features, but it’s not cheap. If you are not worried about source control or debugging then there is a free version called Komodo Edit.

Answer 13:

There is an actual Python extension for Visual Studio: It’s absolutely fantastic. It feels the same as if I were coding in any native Visual Studio language. The extension is even compatabile with Django. And best of all: it’s totally free. Even for Visual Studio, it only requires the Visual Studio Shell to work, which is completely free.

Answer 14:

Now you can also use Visual Studio 2010. Here’s how:

  • Download and install Python Tools for Visual Studio.
  • Create a new project from existing code (menu FileNewProject From Existing Code…)
  • Specify your Django project folder and use the defaults.
  • Right-click on and choose Set as Startup File.
  • In your project properties Debug tab, add “runserver” in Script Arguments.
  • You can set break points, and attach to the Python process for debugging. If you want to debug without having to “attach to process,” use “runserver –noreload” in your script arguments. However, the “–noreload” means you’ll have to stop and restart the Django development web server manually (to recognize your code changes).

This is a nice setup if you already use Visual Studio.

Python Tools has been updated. It has built in support for Django now.