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PyDev is a Python IDE for Eclipse, which may be used in Python, Jython and IronPython development.

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First time users are strongly advised to read the Getting started guide which explains how to properly configure PyDev.


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Release 5.6.0

  • Important PyDev now requires Java 8 and Eclipse 4.6 (Neon) onwards.

    • PyDev 5.2.0 is the last release supporting Eclipse 4.5 (Mars).
  • Debugger

    • Performance enhancements on the debugger (which should be 60%-100% faster now).
    • The debugger now only supports Python 2.6 onwards (keep on PyDev 5.5.0 for Python 2.5 or below).
    • Properly displaying variables when the interactive console is connected to a debug session. #PyDev-776
    • Providing a way for the debugger to support a user-specified version of Qt for debugging QThreads (preferences > PyDev > Debug > Qt Threads).
    • Fixed issue where a native Qt signal is not callable message was raised when connecting a signal to QThread.started.
    • Fixed issue in displaying variable (with Ctrl+Shift+D) when debugging.
    • Debug view toolbar icons no longer appearing stretched due to Set Next Statement icon having a different size.
  • Code completion

    • super is now properly recognized (code completion and find definition).
    • pytest fixtures are now properly recognized (code completion and find definition).
    • Suppress invalid completions on literals numbers (patch by Jonah Graham)
  • Others

    • It's now possible to save the PyUnit preferences to the project or user settings.
    • Upgraded pep8 to the latest pycodestyle.
    • Upgraded to latest autopep8.
    • Fixed issue in Django shell if version >= 1.10 #PyDev-752.
    • Add support for coverage 4.x (minimum supported version is now 4.3). #PyDev-691
    • Syntax highlighting for matmul operator (was being considered a decorator). #PyDev-771
    • Making PyLint use the same thread pool used for code analysis.
    • String index out of range while reading buffer in AbstractShell. #PyDev-768

Release 5.5.0

  • Important PyDev now requires Java 8 and Eclipse 4.6 (Neon) onwards.

    • PyDev 5.2.0 is the last release supporting Eclipse 4.5 (Mars).
  • Refactoring

    • Fixed refactoring error when dealing with imports which have a continuation char inside the module name part. #PyDev-712
    • When extracting a method, decorators are properly considered for the new method position. #PyDev-321
  • Code completion

    • When accessing enums, 'value' and 'name' are properly found. #PyDev-591

    • Code completion improved on method chaining. #PyDev-636 and #PyDev-583

    • It's now possible to choose whether when a code-completion which adds a local import should add the import to the beginning of the function or the line above where it was requested.

      • It may be configured in the preferences (Preferences > PyDev > Editor > Code Completion > Put local imports on top of method?).
      • Default was changed to add it to the top of the method.
  • New actions

    • Ctrl+Shift+Alt+O can be used to open the last hyperlink in the console that's currently open (it's now possible to jump directly to the error in some exception). #PyDev-755
    • Ctrl+2,sw switches the target and value in assign statements (may not work properly if more than one '=' is found in the line).
  • Debugger

    • Fixed error when hovering over variable when debugging. #PyDev-580
  • Others

    • Fixed issue in grammar parsing on nested async calls. #PyDev-753
    • Fixed issue grouping imports when an import has a continuation char inside the module part. #PyDev 712

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