Top 7 Text Editors for Python Programming

Python as a programming language finds application in many sectors like Business Intelligence, Database management, Data Science, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, etc. This language makes life easy for every coder around the globe. The codes that are written in this language are general English words that we use in our day to day life. Now, to decorate these codes we have written and get fancy colors in our texts along with code suggestions, there are many text editors present on the internet. These text editors help in making programs more attractive and easily understandable along with easy execution of the same.

Some best free and open-source text editors for Python coding along with their download links:

Pycharm- All Python Tools in one place

The first one of the best text editor to start programming with Python is Pycharm. It is IDE which contains all the essential libraries of python and one just needs to import the same from its environment. This text editor is very user friendly in nature. The OS platforms that it supports are Windows, MAC, and Linux. The text editor was built with the help of two programming languages namely Python and Java. It comes in two versions that are, a full-fledged version which is a paid version, and a community version that is free for users to download and work on. Other frameworks that this text editor supports are HTML, CSS, Javascript, Angular JS, etc. Also, there is a provision for debugging, testing, profiling, deployments in this text editor. The manufacturer of this amazing text editor is Jet Brains and the downloadable version of this IDE is present on their website.

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  • Platform: Supports Windows 10/8/7, macOS, and Linux
  • Price: Free (open-source community version) and Professional cost $199.00/first year

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Spyder code editor

Spyder (Scientific Python development environment) is an amazing text editor that comes inbuilt with Anaconda installation that is a virtual Python installation. This text editor was built to make scientific Python related work easy. The editor is built using pyqt and therefore it can be used as an extension as well. It comes with some amazing features like editing, debugging, and data exploration within its environment. The text editor also provides a syntax highlighting feature that makes code very beautiful and understandable by the user. It also provides suggestions while writing codes and helps in code completion as and where necessary.

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  • Platform: Windows 10/8/7, macOS, and Linux
  • Price: Free

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Jupyter Notebook

JupyterLab is the most used open-source web-based text editor for carrying out Data Science related work and very good IPython editor where data visualization and Machine Learning related work can be performed. Also, the code written in this editor is very user friendly because of its cell provision feature. We can write a full code in different cells and can run the selected parts of it or delete the selected parts. The notebook is pip installable and is a part of the Jupyter Lab. You can extend its functionality using the plugins.

Jupyter Notebook

  • Platform: Web + Windows 10/8/7, macOS, and Linux
  • Price: Free

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Google Colab IPython console

Another one of the best web-based text editor or an IPython console that is available in the cloud. This is similar to the Jupyter notebook in its feature. The only difference that is present and is very unique is the provision of free GPU and TPU. People who don’t have a good GPU laptop can use Google Colaboratory’s free GPU and can run various Deep Learning programs. The GPU service available to the user is valid for 12 hours and after that, the user needs to again start his work. This cloud editor also contains all the important libraries of python like Numpy, Pandas, Scikitlearn, Tensorflow, Pytorch, etc. So, with this notebook being used there is no need to download Python packages separately.

Google Colab

  • Platform: Web-based, thus support all available operating systems via the browser.
  • Price: Free

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Sublime Text – Code editor

This is a very lightweight and cool text editor that is free to all. This editor can be used for various programming languages like Python, Java, Perl, C#, C++, and many more. The user just needs to select his/her desired language he wants to work in from the dropdown options given in Sublime text and then start coding. This text editor also provides color highlighting to our codes. Because of this, the code looks beautiful and interactive. This text editor also has features like code auto-completion and syntax correction. This is one of the most used text editors by all Python developers.

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  • Platforms: This editor is compatible with all OS platforms like Windows 10/8/7, Linux, and Mac, etc.
  • Price: Free

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Visual Studio Code IDE

This is the standard widely used and one of the top free source-code editor for Python or carrying out any type of code development using various programming languages. It has plugins for various languages that we need to download and start our work. This text editor has Intelli sense property and helps in completing syntax based on function definition, types of variables, etc. Also, there is a syntax highlighting feature present in this editor. The interface is very interactive and provides multi-language support within its console. It is compatible with Git and one can easily commit operations in Git with the help of this text editor. Also, there is a multi-window split option in this editor which allows any developer to run different programs in parallel with others.

Visual Studio Code

  • Platforms supported: Windows 10/8/7, Linux, and macOS
  • Price: Free

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Atom – Hackable code editor

Another free and open-source customizable text editor most preferred by Python developers. This web application is built using Node.js and supports various programming languages by downloading the respective plugins. Like all text editors mentioned above, this one also supports different OS and therefore possesses cross-platform functionality. It is also an open-source editor and can be downloaded from the website of Atom along with themes to change the look and feel of it.

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  • Platforms supported: Windows 10/8/7, Linux, and macOS
  • Price: Free and open-source

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There are many more text editors that are present in the market and one can choose any text editor that he/she is comfortable with and can start their coding journey. So, before downloading please go through the proper documentation and the number of features the editor possess.