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MS Windows command-line script to view and edit PATH-like environment variables.

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Running edpath displays entries from the PATH (or other named environment variable), with ‘;’ separators replaced by newlines, so that each entry is on its own line. Running with –edit displays this in $EDITOR, and saved changes are written back to the registry, where they will be picked up by all new processes.

Run with –help for description and usage.


Argparse is not required on Python 2.7, it is built into the standard library.

Status and Known Problems

Feature complete. No known issues.

If you have comments or it doesn’t work for you or you find bugs, I’d love to hear about it.


  • stop using module doctrings for usage text, it fails with -O
  • strip out unneeded modules in py2exe output
  • gracefully handle EDITOR not set or doesn’t exist
  • modify to split readme by paras, not lines. see
  • convert makefile to files?
  • reasess README / usage: which is for which audiences?
  • needs a canonical webpage for users (not python devs)
  • store backups of old PATH values in case user trashes their PATH?
  • option to output on stdout in ‘;’ delimited form
  • make Linux-friendly. Presumably we can only display the output there, not persist it.


Thanks to Tim Golden for his marvellous descriptions and code snippets showing how to read & modify environment variables in the Windows registry.


  • 0.1.3 Add stand-alone executable.
  • 0.1.2 Nothing much.
  • 0.1.1 Improvements to documentation and usage text.
  • 0.1.0 Initial release. Feature complete.

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