[IPython-user] matplotlib and ipython inside ide (mac osx)

Fernando Perez fperez.net@gmail....
Mon Sep 10 01:35:01 CDT 2007

On 9/7/07, killian koepsell <koepsell@gmail.com> wrote:
> hi,
> i am looking for help in using matplotlib inside a graphical IDE in mac osx
> and preferabley even ipython with matplotlib inside an IDE. i am used to
> interact with the python interpreter (inside ipython, even inside
> ipython-inside-emacs) while several plot windows are open, but i don't have
> any success using a graphical IDE.
> i tried free IDEs (eric3, eric4) and commercial ones (komodo, wing ide) but
> all had the same problem: the debugger was blocked as long as the matplotlib
> window was open. i focussed on QtAgg since eric uses Qt, but i also tried
> TkAgg.
> does anyone have a suggestion what i might be doing wrong?

All I can say is that pure ipython is very likely to NOT work at all.
It makes too many assumptions about being in a terminal/readline to
work inside a random GUI.  We do have in SVN (saw branch) a prototype
WX client that will allow this, but it's still a looong way from being

For GTK, some people did hack something out:


that works.  I suppose you might be able to implement something
similar in some other GUI, but I've never tried.

By all means please post a similar page on the wiki if you do
something along these lines and succeed!



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