Eric – full featured Python editor and IDE

Eric is an Integrated Development Environment for the Python and Ruby programming languages. It is written using the PyQt Python bindings for the Qt GUI toolkit and the QScintilla editor widget.

Running Eric on the latest version of Mint and Ubuntu is currently problematic. Even though both distributions provide convenient packages, they do not run, generating segmentation faults on startup. Instead, users of these distros need to download Eric from the developers’ website.

Eric5 is the Python 3 variant of the Eric4 development environment.

Features include:

  • Editors with configurable syntax highlighting, code folding, auto indenting and brace highlighting.
  • Integrated Project Management facility to organize your projects. The project browser shows all source files, all forms and all translations each on its own tab. The source browser has built in class browsing capabilities.
  • Integrated and full featured debuggers for Python and Ruby which supports both interactive probing while suspended and auto breaking on exceptions.
  • Interactive shells for Python and Ruby.
  • Integrated profiling and code coverage support.
  • Integrated version control interface for CVS, Subversion and Mercurial repositories.
  • Explorer window for walking through your directory structure with built in class browsing capabilities for Python files.
  • Variable windows that display local and global variables in the current scope while debugging a program.
  • Integrated interface to the Python Module “unittest”.
  • Refactoring.
  • User interface design.
  • Integrated help viewer to display HTML help files. Alternatively you can choose to use Qt-Assistant to view help files.
  • Application diagrams.
  • SDart Qt-Designer and Qt-Linguist from within eric4.
  • Compile Qt-Designer forms, to produce Qt-Linguist files and release them from within the IDE.
  • Plugin system, which allows easy extension of the IDE functionality by downloading plugins.
  • Integrated web browser.
  • Export as HTML, PDF, RTF and TeX.
  • Simple IRC client.
  • Localization support: Available in English, German, French, Russian, Czech, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, and Chinese.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Detlev Offenbach, Andrew Bushnell, and translators
License: GNU GPL v3


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