Using the IPython shell

The default Python shell is fine, but there are alternatives. The most popular option is to install the IPython shell from https://ipython.org. This is also included with the Anaconda distribution, as well as a number of supporting tools that enhance the development experience.

IPython provides a number of enhancements to the regular interactive Python experience, such as:

  • Syntax-highlighted interactive shells
  • Web-based notebooks that support multimedia output
  • Interactive visualizations
  • Interactive parallel application development
  • Tab completion
  • Object exploration
  • Magic functions
  • Command history
  • Direct implementation of shell commands

The following screenshot demonstrates how the IPython shell differs from the default ...

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