C.A.M. Gerlach

C.A.M. Gerlach
21 September of 2018

QtConsole 4.4 Released!

We're excited to announce a significant update to QtConsole—the package that powers Spyder's IPython Console interface—which the Spyder team maintains in collaboration with Project Jupyter. Two of the biggest changes—user-selectable syntax highlighting themes, and enhanced external editor/IDE integration—are already built right into Spyder, so they'll likely be of more interest if you use QtConsole standalone or with another editor/IDE. However, most of the other changes should prove quite useful within Spyder as well, and many were in fact suggested and even implemented by users of our IDE. Particular highlights include a block indent/unindent feature, Select-All (Ctrl-Shift-A) being made cell-specific, Ctrl-Backspace and Ctrl-Delete behaving more intelligently across whitespace and line boundaries, Ctrl-D allowing you to easily exit ipdb, input() and the like, and numerous smaller enhancements and bug fixes. If you'd like to learn more about what's new, please check out our article over on the Jupyter blog, where we go over the major changes in more detail, with plenty of screenshots and GIFs to illustrate each feature and how to use it.

Screenshot of the QtConsole main window, with a new syntax highlighting theme applied

To update to the newest version with your existing Spyder install, open an Anaconda Prompt (Windows), Terminal (macOS) or command line (Linux), activate the conda environment or virtualenv/venv of the Spyder install you are using, and run conda update qtconsole (or pip install --upgrade qtconsole, if not using Anaconda). If you'd like to try QtConsole out separate from Spyder or integrate it in with your own editor or IDE, it is also available as a standalone GUI by running jupyter qtconsole from the Python environment where it or Spyder is installed.

If you have any questions, problems or feedback, we'd love to hear from you. Report issues, request features or participate in QtConsole's development at its Github site, and check out its documentation for help using it. For the latest Spyder news, releases, previews and tips, you can follow our Facebook and Twitter, and help support the development on Spyder and its sister projects like QtConsole on OpenCollective.

Our new documentation and Spyder 4 beta 1 have been fully live for some time now; given the dramatic scale of the changes in both, their respective blog posts are still in the works. We'll also have an upcoming article on our official Spyder 4 feature roadmap and more, and Spyder 3.3.2 is due out soon, so keep in right here for your Spyder fix! Until then, happy Spydering and enjoy QtConsole 4.4!

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