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Vim python-mode. PyLint, Rope, Pydoc, breakpoints from box.

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Python-mode, Python in VIM

Python-mode is a vim plugin that allows you to use the pylint, rope, pydoc library in vim to provide features like python code looking for bugs, refactoring and some other usefull things.

This plugin allow you create python code in vim very easily. There is no need to install the pylint or rope library on your system.

  • Highlight syntax errors
  • Highlight and auto fix unused imports
  • Strong code completion
  • Code refactoring
  • Python documentation
  • Run python code
  • Go to definition
  • Powerfull customization
  • And more...

See screencast here: (sory for quality, this my first screencasting)


  • VIM >= 7.0 with python support


  • Just copy the plugin folders into your ~/.vim directory.


Alternatively, if you are using pathogen, clone the plugin into your bundle folder.


Also you can see :help PythonMode



Also you can see vim help. :help PythonModeOptions

To change this settings, edit your ~/.vimrc file. Example:

" Disable pylint checking every save
let g:pymode_lint = 0

" Set key 'R' for run python code
let g:pymode_run_key = 'R'

Show documentation

Default values:

" Load show documentation plugin
let g:pymode_doc = 1

" Key for show python documentation
let g:pymode_doc_key = 'K'

" Exetable command for documentation search
let g:pydoc = 'pydoc'

Run python code

Default values:

" Load run code plugin
let g:pymode_run = 1

" Key for run python code
let g:pymode_run_key = '<leader>r'

Pylint checking

Default values:

" Load pylint code plugin
let g:pymode_lint = 1

" Pylint configuration file
" If file not found use '.pylintrc' from python-mode plugin directory
let g:pymode_lint_config = "$HOME/.pylintrc"

" Check code every save
let g:pymode_lint_write = 1

" Auto open cwindow if errors be finded
let g:pymode_lint_cwindow = 1

" Place error signs
let g:pymode_lint_signs = 1


Pylint options (ex. disable messages) may be defined in '$HOME/pylint.rc' See pylint documentation.

Rope refactoring library

Default values:

" Load rope plugin
let g:pymode_rope = 1

" RopeVim settings
let g:ropevim_codeassist_maxfixes=10
let g:ropevim_guess_project=1
let g:ropevim_vim_completion=1
let g:ropevim_enable_autoimport=1
let g:ropevim_autoimport_modules = ["os", "shutil"]

Other stuff

Default values:

" Load breakpoints plugin
let g:pymode_breakpoint = 1

" Key for set/unset breakpoint
let g:pymode_breakpoint_key = '<leader>b'

" Load utils plugin
let g:pymode_utils = 1

" Autoremove unused whitespaces
let g:pymode_utils_whitespaces = 1


See also :help ropevim.txt

Default keys


Also you can see vim help. :help PythonModeKeys

Keys Command
K Show python docs
<C-Space> Rope autocomplete
<Leader>r Run python
<Leader>b Set, unset breakpoint


See also :help ropevim.txt



Also you can see vim help. :help PythonModeCommands

Command Description
:Pydoc <args> Show python documentation
PyLintToggle Enable, disable pylint
PyLint Check current buffer
Pyrun Check current buffer


See also :help ropevim.txt

Bug tracker

If you have any suggestions, bug reports or annoyances please report them to the issue tracker at


Development of pylint-mode happens at github:


  • klen (Kirill Klenov)


## 2011-10-12 0.1.4

  • Add default pylint configuration

## 2011-10-12 0.1.3

  • Fix pylint and update docs

## 2011-10-11 0.1.2

  • First public release


Licensed under a GNU lesser general public license.

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