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Mr. Igor provides the parts you need to build your Frankenprogram.

Project Description


mr.igor is an extension to pyflakes that will learn where you import things from, and then automatically fill in missing imports from the place they are most often imported.

But how does it know?

“It’th a knack.”

Usage: igor [–print | –reap] filename

This script will record all imports from filename in Igor’s database, and then add imports at the top of the file for any names that were not imported but were found in the database.

If the –print option is specified then the rewritten file will be written to stdout. (This allows the use of igor as a filter for editors.) Otherwise the file will be modified inplace.

If the –reap option is specified then imports will be added to the database from the specified file, but nothing will be written to stdout and the file will not be modified.

Only “from x import y” style imports are tracked and inserted. Aliases (“from x import y as z”) are not supported.

mr.igor stores its database in the user’s home directory. The base filename is ~/.mr.igor, but note that the Python shelve module may use a different physical filename, e.g. with a .db suffix.

Usage with TextMate

Go to the TextMate Bundle Editor and add a new command with the following settings:

Current File
igor --print $TM_FILEPATH
Replace Document
Key Equivalent: ⌘I
Scope Selector

Now you can save the current file and run it through Igor using the ⌘I keyboard shortcut.

Usage with Vim

The following key mapping will configure ⌘I to run the current file through Igor and then reload the current buffer:

nmap <D-i> :!igor %<CR> <bar> :e!<CR>

Usage with Emacs

Add the following to your .emacs. The igor function runs Igor over a temporary file copy of the current buffer. The current buffer is marked as modified only if Igor adds new imports.

(defun igor ()
  "Run the current buffer through mr.igor."
  (let ((igor-exe (or (executable-find "igor")
                      (error "No command 'igor' found")))
        (tempfile (make-temp-file "igor"))
        (buffer (current-buffer))
        (lines-before (count-lines 1 (buffer-size))))
    (with-temp-file tempfile
      (insert-buffer-substring buffer))
      (shell-command (concat igor-exe " --print " tempfile) t)
      (if (zerop (compare-buffer-substrings
                  (current-buffer) 1 (buffer-size)
                  buffer 1 (buffer-size buffer)))
          (message "igor: no new imports")
        (copy-to-buffer buffer 1 (buffer-size))
        (let ((lines-after (count-lines 1 (buffer-size))))
          (message "igor: added %d imports" (- lines-after lines-before))))
      (delete-file tempfile))))

(add-hook 'python-mode-hook '(lambda () (local-set-key (kbd "C-c C-i") 'igor)))



  • Released version 1.4. [davisagli]
  • ImportChecker’s __del__ isn’t called with pyflakes 0.7 so the database is never written. Switch to a with() statement, where the __exit__ method is guaranteed to be called. [danjacka]


  • Released version 1.3. [davisagli]
  • Insert imports after initial set of comments, to fix issue when PEP0263 encoding is declared in python files. [naro]
  • Updated to be compatible with (and require) pyflakes 0.5. Tested with Python 2.6 and 2.7. [davisagli]


  • Released version 1.2. [davisagli]
  • Added –reap option. [davisagli]


  • Added usage info for integration with Vim. Thanks to Stephan Eletzhofer. [davisagli]
  • Released version 1.1. [davisagli]
  • Fix issue where a syntax error would cause the file to be clobbered when using print mode as a filter. [davisagli]
  • Fix issue where print mode would not print anything if no new imports were found. [davisagli]
  • Fix issue where multiple imports in the same line were not recorded. [davisagli]
  • Released version 1.0. [davisagli]
  • Added functional test. [davisagli]
  • Refactor to improve testability; avoid monkeypatching. [davisagli]


  • Add help for console script. [davisagli]
  • Use ~/.mr.igor.db as default database location. [davisagli]
  • Added –print option. [davisagli]
  • Added igor console script. [davisagli]


  • Initial proof-of-concept. [davisagli]
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