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Screenshot of NINJA-IDE 2.3
Developer(s) Diego Sarmentero, Horacio Durán, Gabriel Acosta, Pedro Mourelle, Jose Rostagno
Stable release
2.3 (Shuriken)[1] / 7 July 2013; 3 years ago (2013-07-07)[2]
Written in Python
Operating system Cross-platform: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Platform Python, PyQt
Available in Multilingual
Type Software development
License GNU GPL 3

NINJA-IDE (from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE"), is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) designed to build Python applications.

It provides tools to simplify Python software development and handles many kinds of situations thanks to its rich extensibility.

The Chromium project uses a similarly named build tool, Ninja Build.[3]


Some of the current features of the IDE are:

  • Light weight IDE
  • Common functions such as: file handling, find in files code locator, go to line, tabs, automatic indentation, editor zoom, etc.
  • Multi-platform: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows.
  • Syntax highlighting for a wide variety of languages. Even though it is intended to be mainly a Python IDE, it can also handle several other languages.
  • Static and PEP 8 error highlighting.
  • Show tips to help migrate code from Python2 to Python3.
  • Embedded Python console.
  • Project management, allowing to add, modify and delete files and folders to projects, creating automatically the "" files inside each module, etc.
  • Allows to show/hide the panels of the interface in a very simple way to fit each programmer's preferences.
  • Completely configurable UI.
  • Allows using more than one editor at once.
  • An extensible plug-in system, which creation the IDE supports.
  • Session handling: remembers opened files and projects after closing the IDE.
  • Code Auto-completion.
  • Code Locator: Lets you jump to any code in your project with just a few keystrokes.

Versions names[edit]

NINJA-IDE always takes its version name based on the name of a weapon.

Previous Versions:

  • 2.x: Shuriken
  • 1.x: Kunai

Some available plugins[edit]

Many plugins are being developed, mostly with the help of the Community. A complete list of Plugins can be found here:

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Downloads
  2. ^ Diego Sarmentero (2013-05-10), Ninja-IDE 2.3 has been released! 
  3. ^ "NinjaBuild". Retrieved 22 June 2015.