Code Quality Rank: L3
Programming language: TypeScript
License: MIT License
Latest version: v2022.10.0

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Python extension for Visual Studio Code

A Visual Studio Code extension with rich support for the Python language (for all actively supported versions of the language: >=3.7), including features such as IntelliSense (Pylance), linting, debugging, code navigation, code formatting, refactoring, variable explorer, test explorer, and more!

Support for vscode.dev

The Python extension does offer some support when running on vscode.dev (which includes github.dev). This includes partial IntelliSense for open files in the editor.

Installed extensions

The Python extension will automatically install the Pylance and Jupyter extensions to give you the best experience when working with Python files and Jupyter notebooks. However, Pylance is an optional dependency, meaning the Python extension will remain fully functional if it fails to be installed. You can also uninstall it at the expense of some features if you’re using a different language server.

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Quick start

Set up your environment

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  • Select your Python interpreter by clicking on the status bar

  • Configure the debugger through the Debug Activity Bar

  • Configure tests by running the Configure Tests command

Jupyter Notebook quick start

The Python extension and the Jupyter extension work together to give you a great Notebook experience in VS Code.

  • Open or create a Jupyter Notebook file (.ipynb) and start coding in our Notebook Editor!

For more information you can:

Useful commands

Open the Command Palette (Command+Shift+P on macOS and Ctrl+Shift+P on Windows/Linux) and type in one of the following commands:

Command Description
Python: Select Interpreter Switch between Python interpreters, versions, and environments.
Python: Start REPL Start an interactive Python REPL using the selected interpreter in the VS Code terminal.
Python: Run Python File in Terminal Runs the active Python file in the VS Code terminal. You can also run a Python file by right-clicking on the file and selecting Run Python File in Terminal.
Python: Select Linter Switch from Pylint to Flake8 or other supported linters.
Format Document Formats code using the provided formatter in the settings.json file.
Python: Configure Tests Select a test framework and configure it to display the Test Explorer.

To see all available Python commands, open the Command Palette and type Python. For Jupyter extension commands, just type Jupyter.

Feature details

Learn more about the rich features of the Python extension:

  • IntelliSense: Edit your code with auto-completion, code navigation, syntax checking and more
  • Linting: Get additional code analysis with Pylint, Flake8 and more
  • Code formatting: Format your code with black, autopep or yapf

  • Debugging: Debug your Python scripts, web apps, remote or multi-threaded processes

  • Testing: Run and debug tests through the Test Explorer with unittest or pytest.

  • Jupyter Notebooks: Create and edit Jupyter Notebooks, add and run code cells, render plots, visualize variables through the variable explorer, visualize dataframes with the data viewer, and more

  • Environments: Automatically activate and switch between virtualenv, venv, pipenv, conda and pyenv environments

  • Refactoring: Restructure your Python code with variable extraction, method extraction and import sorting

Supported locales

The extension is available in multiple languages: de, en, es, fa, fr, it, ja, ko-kr, nl, pl, pt-br, ru, tr, zh-cn, zh-tw

Questions, issues, feature requests, and contributions

  • If you have a question about how to accomplish something with the extension, please ask on Stack Overflow
  • If you come across a problem with the extension, please file an issue
  • Contributions are always welcome! Please see our contributing guide for more details
  • Any and all feedback is appreciated and welcome!
    • If someone has already filed an issue that encompasses your feedback, please leave a 👍/👎 reaction on the issue
    • Otherwise please start a new discussion
  • If you're interested in the development of the extension, you can read about our development process

Data and telemetry

The Microsoft Python Extension for Visual Studio Code collects usage data and sends it to Microsoft to help improve our products and services. Read our privacy statement to learn more. This extension respects the telemetry.enableTelemetry setting which you can learn more about at https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/supporting/faq#_how-to-disable-telemetry-reporting.