Best Python IDEs and Code Editors in 2021

by Xander Cage AI Trainer

Best Python IDEs

Generally, all the top Python IDEs are available for all the popular operating systems. At least almost all the IDEs are available for Windows. Here is the list of Python IDE for Windows, Mac and Linux that you can download and start tinkering with the Python code.

Note: Before considering any of the following IDEs please check if it is available for your operating system.

  • PyCharm
  • Spyder
  • Thonny
  • IDLE
  • Eric
  • Wing
  • Eclipse + PyDeV
  • Rodeo
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • Komodo IDE
  • PyScripter
  • Anjuta

1. PyCharm

  • Type: Open-source [Community Edition] and commercial; $199 for professional development. [Professional Edition]
  • It supports Windows, Linux, macOS, etc.
  • You can download it from here.


PyCharm is widely used for writing Python code across the globe. It is ideal for beginners. PyCharm is specially designed for Python by JetBrains and is the best Python IDE for macOS users. The neatness and maintainability of code can be seen in PyCharm.

Whenever it comes to python programming, PyCharm IDE always comes first. Intelligent code editor, fast and safe refactoring, debugging, testing, profiling, remote development, Python console, IPython Notebook, and scientific

2. Spyder

  • By Anaconda distribution
  • Type: Open-source
  • Supported by Qt, Windows, macOS, and Linux.


The interesting fact about Spyder is that it’s built using Python. Spyder is specifically designed for Python data analysis. For engineers and data scientists who have a keen interest in scientific development, Spyder would be a great IDE.

You can run Spyder by installing the Anaconda distribution. Anaconda is a famous Python distribution for data science and machine learning.

Spyder Features:

  • Code editor
  • IPython console
  • Variable Explorer
  • Profiler
  • Debugger
  • Support for many data Science libraries.
  • 3rd-party plugin support.

3. Thonny

  • By Aivar Annamaa and contributors
  • Type: Open-source
  • Supported by Windows, Linux, and macOS.


Thonny is recently introduced as an IDE for Python. If you are a complete beginner and looking for an IDE, then Thonny can help you to start your Python journey.

Thonny is specially designed for beginners. It is small in size and works great on low-end computers. Other Python IDEs can be too complex to pick up for a newcomer, but operating Thonny is very easy.


  • Developed By Guido van Rossum
  • Type: Open-source
  • For Linux, macOS, and Windows.

IDLE (Integrated Development and Learning Environment) is the default Python IDE that comes along with the python interpreter. When you download Python from its official website the IDEL IDE comes along with it, hence, you do not need to install it separately.

Even if you install the updated version of Python, the compatible version of IDLE automatically installs with it too. IDLE is beginner-friendly, but using it for big projects is not a very good idea. Although IDLE provides many customization features, it lacks some basic IDE features that other top-notch Python IDEs offer, such as auto-ending brackets and quotes.

IDLE is intended for the educational environment. That’s why it is very lightweight and does not consume many CPU resources.

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