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Kite is an AI-powered programming assistant that helps you write code faster inside Visual Studio Code. Kite helps you write code faster by saving you keystrokes and showing you the right information at the right time.

Kite works for all major programming languages: Python, Java, Go, PHP, C/C#/C++, Javascript, HTML/CSS, Typescript, React, Ruby, Scala, Kotlin, Bash, Vue and React.

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Completions Powered by Machine Learning

Kite’s code completions are powered by machine learning models trained on over 25 million open-source code files. Kite also runs locally. Your code is private and does not leave your machine.

Instant Code Documentation

Get instant documentation for the symbol underneath your cursor so you save time searching for Python docs (not yet available for JavaScript docs).


  • macOS 10.11+, Windows 7+ or Linux
  • Visual Studio Code v1.28.0+
  • Kite Engine

Use another editor? Check out Kite’s other editor integrations.


Installing the Kite Engine

The Kite Engine needs to be installed in order for the package to work properly. The package itself provides the frontend that interfaces with the Kite Engine, which performs all the code analysis and machine learning 100% locally on your computer (no code is sent to a cloud server).

macOS Instructions

  1. Download the installer and open the downloaded .dmg file.
  2. Drag the Kite icon into the Applications folder.
  3. Run to start the Kite Engine.

Windows Instructions

  1. Download the installer and run the downloaded .exe file.
  2. The installer should run the Kite Engine automatically after installation is complete.

Linux Instructions

  1. Visit to install Kite.
  2. The installer should run the Kite Engine automatically after installation is complete.

Installing the Kite Plugin for Visual Studio Code

When running the Kite Engine for the first time, you'll be guided through a setup process which will allow you to install the VS Code extension. You can also install or uninstall the VS Code extension at any time using the Kite Engine's plugin manager.

Alternatively, you have 2 options to manually install the package:

  1. Search for "Kite" in VS Code's built-in extension marketplace and install from there.
  2. Run the command code --install-extension kiteco.kite in your terminal.

Learn about the capabilities Kite adds to VS Code.


The following is a brief guide to using Kite in its default configuration.


Simply start typing in a saved Python or JavaScript file and Kite will automatically suggest completions for what you're typing. Kite's autocompletions are all labeled with the symbol.


Hover (Python only)

Hover your mouse cursor over a symbol to view a short summary of what the symbol represents.


Documentation (Python only)

Click on the Docs link in the hover popup to open the documentation for the symbol inside the Copilot, Kite's standalone reference tool.


Definitions (Python only)

If a Def link is available in the hover popup, clicking on it will jump to the definition of the symbol.

Function Signatures (Python only)

When you call a function, Kite will show you the arguments required to call it. Kite's function signatures are also all labeled with the symbol.


Note: If you have the Microsoft Python extension installed, Kite will not be able to show you information on function signatures.


Kite comes with sevaral commands that you can run from VS Code's command palette.

Command Description
kite.related-code-from-file Search for code related to the current file in the Copilot
kite.related-code-from-line Search for code related to the current line in the Copilot Open the Copilot Show documentation of the symbol underneath your cursor in the Copilot
kite.engine-settings Open the settings for the Kite Engine
kite.python-tutorial Open the Kite Python tutorial file
kite.javascript-tutorial Open the Kite JavaScript tutorial file
kite.go-tutorial Open the Kite Go tutorial file Open Kite's help website in the browser


Visit our help docs for FAQs and troubleshooting support.

Happy coding!

About Kite

Kite is built by a team in San Francisco devoted to making programming easier and more enjoyable for all. Follow Kite on Twitter and get the latest news and programming tips on the Kite Blog. Kite has been featured in Wired, VentureBeat, The Next Web, and TechCrunch.