Spyder (software)

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Original author(s)Pierre Raybaut
Developer(s)Spyder project contributors
Initial release18 October 2009; 14 years ago (2009-10-18)[1][2]
Stable release
5.5.3[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 17 March 2024; 23 days ago (17 March 2024)
Written inPython
Operating systemCross-platform
PlatformQt, Windows, macOS, Linux
TypeIntegrated development environment
Websitewww.spyder-ide.org Edit this on Wikidata

Spyder is an open-source cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) for scientific programming in the Python language. Spyder integrates with a number of prominent packages in the scientific Python stack, including NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, pandas, IPython, SymPy and Cython, as well as other open-source software.[4][5] It is released under the MIT license.[6]

Initially created and developed by Pierre Raybaut in 2009, since 2012 Spyder has been maintained and continuously improved by a team of scientific Python developers and the community.

Spyder is extensible with first-party and third-party plugins,[7] includes support for interactive tools for data inspection and embeds Python-specific code quality assurance and introspection instruments, such as Pyflakes, Pylint[8] and Rope. It is available cross-platform through Anaconda, on Windows, on macOS through MacPorts, and on major Linux distributions such as Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo Linux, openSUSE and Ubuntu.[9][10]

Spyder uses Qt for its GUI and is designed to use either of the PyQt or PySide Python bindings.[11] QtPy, a thin abstraction layer developed by the Spyder project and later adopted by multiple other packages, provides the flexibility to use either backend.[12]


Features include:[13]

  • An editor with syntax highlighting, introspection, code completion
  • Support for multiple IPython consoles
  • The ability to explore and edit variables from a GUI
  • A Help pane able to retrieve and render rich text documentation on functions, classes and methods automatically or on-demand
  • A debugger linked to IPdb, for step-by-step execution
  • Static code analysis, powered by Pylint
  • A run-time Profiler, to benchmark code
  • Project support, allowing work on multiple development efforts simultaneously
  • A built-in file explorer, for interacting with the filesystem and managing projects
  • A "Find in Files" feature, allowing full regular expression search over a specified scope
  • An online help browser, allowing users to search and view Python and package documentation inside the IDE
  • A history log, recording every user command entered in each console
  • An internal console, allowing for introspection and control over Spyder's own operation


Available plugins include:[14]

  • Spyder-Unittest, which integrates the popular unit testing frameworks Pytest, Unittest and Nose with Spyder
  • Spyder-Notebook, allowing the viewing and editing of Jupyter Notebooks within the IDE
    • Download Spyder Notebook
    • Using conda: conda install spyder-notebook -c spyder-ide
    • Using pip: pip install spyder-notebook
  • Spyder-Reports, enabling use of literate programming techniques in Python
  • Spyder-Terminal, adding the ability to open, control and manage cross-platform system shells within Spyder
    • Download Spyder Terminal
    • Using conda: conda install spyder-terminal -c spyder-ide
    • Using pip: pip install spyder-terminal
  • Spyder-Vim, containing commands and shortcuts emulating the Vim text editor
  • Spyder-AutoPEP8, which can automatically conform code to the standard PEP 8 code style
  • Spyder-Line-Profiler and Spyder-Memory-Profiler, extending the built-in profiling functionality to include testing an individual line, and measuring memory usage

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "spyder-ide/spyder at v1.0.0". GitHub. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ "(Python)(ANN) Spyder v1.0.0 released". 18 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Release Spyder 5.5.3". 17 March 2024.
  4. ^ "Migrating from MATLAB to Python". Greener Engineering. et.byu.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-10-10. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Spyder review". review.techworld.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Spyder license". GitHub.
  7. ^ "SpyderPlugins – spyderlib – Plugin development – Spyder is the Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment". Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Pylint extension – Spyder 2.2 documentation". packages.python.org. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Reviews for spyder". apps.ubuntu.com. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Seznámení s Python IDE Spyder". fedora.cz. Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Spyder runtime dependencies". github.com. 21 February 2015.
  12. ^ "QtPy: Abstraction layer for PySide/PyQt4/PyQt5". github.com. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Spyder Documention – Features Overview". Spyder Project. Archived from the original on 2019-01-23. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  14. ^ "Spyder Plugins List". Spyder Project. Retrieved 2018-07-30.

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