Best FREE Python IDE?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by wiseguy27, May 18, 2005.

  1. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2005
    What's the best FREE Python IDE available on Mac OS X (10.4)? I searched in the forums as well as on the Internet and found Wing, but it's a commercial product. :(

    Unfortunately, Active Python from is not available for Mac OS X (I used to use this on Windows).
  2. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    go with eclipse

    You can use eclipse

    and use the PyDev plug-in:

    PyDev is a Python IDE for Eclipse. It features an editor, code completion, code assistant, templates, code coverage, refactoring, outline view, debugger, and other goodies (check the homepage for more info!!).

  3. IscariotJ macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2004
  4. wiseguy27 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2005

    Thanks a lot for your responses. I will check those out! :)
  5. monkeydo_jb macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2002
    Columbia, MO

    Let us know which one you like the best!
  6. jfb3 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2005
    I second the vote for Eclipse with PyDev.

    And.. (at least on Windows) I use Boa Constructor to build GUI front-ends.

    If only the Boa gui builder was integrated into!
  7. foldedoutput, Oct 13, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2015

    foldedoutput macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2015

    As of 10-13-2015 Eclipse requires MacOSX 10.5 or greater. Eclipse is no longer a solution for those still on 10.4.11, with a venerable PPC (like myself and my very happy G5 G4 G3 that may run another 20 years).

    The choices are becoming slim with PPC and 10.4.11.

    I'm leaning toward jedit

    jedit requires the Java Runtime Engine be installed. JRE 7 and higher requires an intel and 10.7.3 Lion

    JRE 6 requires 10.6 (and 10.6 requires intel)

    So, if using 10.4.11 you need Java for 10.4 from Apple, here:

    And yet... this link's installer informed me that I already have a later version of java installed . I've never directly installed JRE, that I know of, unless it was through Software Update. So there is some misinformation somewhere, something I hate to spread (and so this disclaimer).

    Here is the jedit compatibility page:

    My G5 and 10.4.11 requires jedit v4.3.3, according to the jedit install page, for compatibility. Assuming that page is accurate, I went here for 4.3.3 .dmg and .pdf manual.

    It works with python code after loading a few plug-ins with the plug-in manager. I am not a pro coder, and at this time, jedit is more comprehensive than my needs, but I'm plowing through the manual. It does give me some desired feature.

    The list of IDE's that will not run on 10.4.11 PPC is growing... however...

    also trying the older TextMate 1.5.10 available here:

    The TextMate 1.5.10 works, and can be used as simply as desired, but... it crashed my Firefox (latest version for PPC and 10.4.11) when going to the license key page for the 49 EUR purchase. Not a good sign. And per TOP, it is not free. is only available as source for Mac. I'd rather not tweak it just so it will compile on 10.4.11 with a PPC.

    If there are any other other suggestions for a simple, free, PPC MacOSX 10.4.11 python 3 IDE, with the simplicity of IDLE, but with line numbers and a little more capability, please post.

    Thank you.
  8. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009
  9. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    And yet his post could have been just as old as the others. He's talking about needing software that runs on OS X 10.4, which was first released just under a month before this thread was started (late April 2005), which Apple stopped supporting over 5 years ago.

    It predates all of my machines, even. (I'm thinking I might breath new life into the Mac Mini in a week or two by adding an additional 2 GB of RAM to it, bringing it up to 3 GB total. Then I'll install Lion on it... maybe even newer OSs then that... and install MongoDB on it. I am definitely not sticking with PPC or 10.4, though.)
  10. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Pycharm Community:

    A reduced feature set of the paid for version but still extremely capable. Specifically built for Python unlike other alternatives listed above.

    * Edit: EEEK - just seen the original date of the post - 2004!!! *

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