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Elpy, the Emacs Python IDE

Elpy is an Emacs package to bring powerful Python editing to Emacs. It combines and configures a number of other packages, both written in Emacs Lisp as well as Python. Elpy is fully documented at Readthedocs.



Elpy is available on Melpa, the most straightforward way to install it is to use use-package:

(use-package elpy
  :ensure t

For other installation alternatives, see the documentation.


Once installed, Elpy will automatically provide code completion, syntax error highlighting and code hinting (in the modeline) for python files. Elpy offers a lot of features, but the following keybindings should be enough to get started:

  • C-c C-c evaluates the current python script (or region if something is selected) in an interactive python shell. The python shell is automatically displayed aside of your script.
  • C-RET evaluates the current statement (current line plus the following nested lines).
  • C-c C-z switches between your script and the interactive shell.
  • C-c C-d displays documentation for the thing under cursor. The documentation will pop in a different buffer, that can be closed with q.

Please have a look at the documentation at Readthedocs if you want to know more about what Elpy can do.

External resources


For questions regarding Elpy, do not hesitate to open an issue on github or visit us on IRC, channel #emacs-elpy on

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