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Python help CLI

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Get Python help from the command-line.



pip install hlp

To enable autocompletion, put the following in your shell's init script:

eval "$(hlp --autocomplete-init=bash)"


hlp part [parts ...]

Where part and parts combined form a Python package, module, or class name. When executed, hlp runs the help() built-in function on the combined parts.

For example:

hlp http
hlp http.server
hlp http server
hlp http server SimpleHTTPRequestHandler

hlp autocompletes package, module, and class names.

hlp provides help for the Python environment it is executed under. To get help for a different environment, install help into it. Only one user-level install is supported. If more are required, it may be better to just use path/to/python -m pydoc.


  • Module and class name autocompletion (in bash)
  • A few less characters than python -m pydoc



Install nox and run it in the root of the repository.


  1. Identify commit to promote artifacts for, it must have a successful build with artifacts pushed to S3.
  2. Locally tag commit with annotated tag.
  3. Push tag to repo.
  4. Create PR to bump version.

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