IPython – a rich architecture for interactive computing

IPython is an enhanced interactive Python shell. It provides a rich toolkit to help you make the most out of using Python interactively.

IPython can be used as a replacement for the standard Python shell, or it can be used as a complete working environment for scientific computing (like Matlab or Mathematica) when paired with the standard Python scientific and numerical tools.

It supports dynamic object introspections, numbered input/output prompts, a macro system, session logging, session restoring, complete system shell access, verbose and colored traceback reports, auto-parentheses, auto-quoting, and is embeddable in other Python programs.

Features include:

  • Powerful interactive shells (terminal and Qt-based).
  • A browser-based notebook with support for code, rich text, mathematical expressions, inline plots and other rich media.
  • Support for interactive data visualization and use of GUI toolkits.
  • Flexible, embeddable interpreters to load into your own projects.
  • Easy to use, high performance tools for parallel computing.
    • Single program, multiple data (SPMD) parallelism.
    • Multiple program, multiple data (MPMD) parallelism.
    • Message passing using MPI.
    • Task farming.
    • Data parallel.
    • Combinations of these approaches.
    • Custom user-defined approaches.

Website: ipython.org
Support: Documentation
Developer: The IPython Development Team
License: BSD

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