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Kate Plugins


These are Pate plugins for Kate editor. Plugins to make coding easier in Python, Django and JavaScript


This repository is unmaintained, because these plugins have been added to the official repository: Python utils, Javascript utils, Django utils and XML pretty. The generic functions and generic classes have been added to the libkatepate



# Kate plugins has been tested with these versions but is very probably that works with later versions
pip install pysmell==0.7.3 pyplete==0.0.2 pep8==0.6.1 pyflakes==0.5.0 pyjslint==0.3.3 simplejson==2.6.1
  • Install Kate-plugins:
pip install Kate-plugins
ln -s /PATH/OF/THE/EGG/kate_plugins/ $(kde4-config --localprefix)/share/apps/kate/pate


cd ~/build
git clone
ln -s ~/build/Kate-plugins/kate_plugins/ $(kde4-config --localprefix)/share/apps/kate/pate
  • Startup Kate and enable "Python Plugins" in: Settings > Configure Kate > Plugins

You should now see three additional menu items: "Python", "Javascript", and "XML". You can change the menu configuration of easy way change the settings


Autocomplete (python)

  • Shortcut: It is automatical
  • from and import instruction
  • autocomplete into the code (beta) with pysmell
  • There was a hook if you want to add your own packages python in the autocomplete structure. You should be create a file called "" next to the "" with a function "def path(session, doc, view)", like this:
def path(session, doc, view):
    if session == 'session1'
       return ['/PATH/OF/THE/EGG1/name1.egg',
    elif session == 'session2':
       return ['/PATH/OF/THE/EGG2/name2.egg',
       return ['/PATH/OF/THE/EGG2/name3.egg',

insert IPDB (python)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+I
  • Insert the text "import ipdb; ipdb.set_trace()"

insert __init__ (python)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+-
  • Smart insert a function __init__

insert super (python)

  • Shortcut: Alt+-
  • Smart insert a call to super of the function

insert call recursive (python)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+-
  • Smart insert a call to the current function recursively

PEP8 (python)

  • Shortcut: Alt+8
  • Use PEP8 to look for ugly code, highlights lines with problems
  • It uses pep8 so it must be present in the system

PyFlakes (python)

  • Shortcut: Alt+7
  • Use PyFlakes to look for bad code, highlights lines with problems
  • It uses pyflakes so it must be present in the system

Parse syntax (python)

  • Shortcut: Alt+6 or when you save the file
  • Parse syntax this file and show a error list, or a dialog say "OK"

Check All (python/javascript)

  • Shortcut: Alt+5
  • Check pep8, pyflakes, parse syntax and jslint

Template Django urls (django)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+7
  • Smart template of the file

Template import views (django)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+V
  • Insert the tipical imports in a view

Create Django form (django)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+F
  • Template to form class

Create Django model (django)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+M
  • Template to model class

Close Template tag (django)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+C
  • Close the last open templatetag (block, if, for, etc)

Template block (django)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+B
  • Insert a struncture like this: {% block content %}XXX{% endblock %} or {% if x > 3 %} {% endif %}

Autocomplete static to javascript (javascript)

  • Shortcut: It is automatical

Autocomplete static to jQuery (javascript)

  • Shortcut: It is automatical

jQuery ready (javascript)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+J
  • Template jQuery ready

Pretty JSON (javascript)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+J
  • Convert a horrible json in a pretty JSON :-)

JSLint (javascript)

  • Shortcut: Alt+9
  • Use JSLint to look for errors and bad code, highlights lines with problems
  • It uses pyjslint so it must be present in the system (and working!)

Pretty XML (xhtml)

  • Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+X
  • Convert a horrible xml in a pretty XML :-)

Future Plugins

  • Clean code (core)
  • Improve autocompletes plugins (core)
  • Template tags autocomplete (django)
  • Integration with rope (python)

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