A Python REPL the way I like it
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A Python REPL the way I like it.

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What? Why?

I was unsatisfied with all the existing Python interpreter options. None quite worked the way I liked them to, even after attempting to configure them (often a frustrating experience).

So instead I wrote my own. Turns out it's really easy.

prompt-toolkit is a nice framework for creating custom REPLs. It took under an hour to create a basic Python REPL, and only a few days to add most of the features I like to it. REPLs created with prompt-toolkit are really nice. They support advanced features like syntax highlighting, multiline editing, and popup tab completion without any additional work (unlike REPLs based on readline).


  • Fancy emoji numbered prompts.
  • Keyboard shortcuts configured exactly the way I like them.
  • Outputs saved as _NUM. Previous outputs saved in _, __, and ___.
  • Support for bracketed paste (pasting stuff in the terminal "just works" without the need for any %paste magic or a special "paste" mode).
  • prompts are stripped automatically from pasted text.
  • Emacs command editing keybindings.
  • Automatic syntax highlighting.
  • On syntax error, the cursor is moved to the error.
  • Matching and mismatching parentheses highlighting.
  • Tracebacks for stuff defined interactively show the code line.
  • Tab completion using Jedi.
  • Per-terminal history.
  • A nice theme (the same one I use in emacs, called "1am", based on XCode's "midnight").
  • stuff? shows the help for stuff. Works even if stuff is a complex expression. Does the right thing for NumPy ufuncs.
  • stuff?? shows the source for stuff. Works even if stuff was defined interactively.
  • %time and %timeit magic commands. %timeit displays a histogram of times in the terminal (using iTerm2).
  • %doctest mode to emulate standard Python REPL (for copy-paste purposes).
  • %sympy magic (works like sympy.init_session().
  • %pudb magic to run code in PuDB. Debugging functions defined interactively is possible.
  • SymPy objects automatically pretty print.
  • Shell integration with iTerm2.
  • GUI Matplotlib plots on macOS work correctly.
  • If you use the --cat option, at startup you get a cat.

And some other stuff that I haven't implemented yet.

Most of this stuff either comes for free from prompt-toolkit or was really easy to implement, in some cases by modifying some code from other libraries (ptpython, ipython, sympy, the Python standard library).


I haven't packaged it yet. For now you can clone the repo and run ./bin/mypython.

It requires the following packages, which can be installed from conda-forge:

  • prompt_toolkit
  • pygments
  • iterm2_tools
  • catimg
  • matplotlib
  • seaborn


There is none. It's already configured the way I like it.

Features and bugs and stuff

I wrote this for me. You can request features, submit PRs, and report bugs, but be aware that I won't accept any PR unless it's a feature I want. I'm really not designing this to be used by other people.


Thanks to Jonathan Slenders for prompt-toolkit and ptpython (which I borrowed some of the more tricky things like Python multiline and Jedi completion from). Basically all the fancy stuff here is coming from prompt-toolkit. I just combined it together into a REPL that I like. Thanks to the IPython guys for figuring out the matplotlib eventloop stuff (which I could never do on my own), and for inspiring many of the features I've implemented.



Licenses for code taken and modified from ptpython, IPython, prompt-toolkit, SymPy, and the Python standard library are at the top of the respective files.