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IPython: Productive Interactive Computing

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IPython provides a rich toolkit to help you make the most out of using Python interactively. Its main components are:

  • A powerful interactive Python shell

  • A Jupyter kernel to work with Python code in Jupyter notebooks and other interactive frontends.

The enhanced interactive Python shells have the following main features:

  • Comprehensive object introspection.

  • Input history, persistent across sessions.

  • Caching of output results during a session with automatically generated references.

  • Extensible tab completion, with support by default for completion of python variables and keywords, filenames and function keywords.

  • Extensible system of ‘magic’ commands for controlling the environment and performing many tasks related either to IPython or the operating system.

  • A rich configuration system with easy switching between different setups (simpler than changing $PYTHONSTARTUP environment variables every time).

  • Session logging and reloading.

  • Extensible syntax processing for special purpose situations.

  • Access to the system shell with user-extensible alias system.

  • Easily embeddable in other Python programs and GUIs.

  • Integrated access to the pdb debugger and the Python profiler.

The latest development version is always available from IPython’s GitHub site.

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