Eric is an open source and multi-platform project that provides developers and programmers with a full-featured and unique IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for the Python and Ruby programming languages.

It’s written entirely in Python

The software is written in Python, features a graphical user interface (GUI) front-end designed with the help of the Qt toolkit, and integrates the Scintilla library, which provides basic text-editing functions.

Eric is designed to be usable as an everyday and all-around programming editor, as well as a professional-grade project management utility, integrating several powerful features for Python and Ruby programmers alike.

Features at a glance

Among some its major highlights, we can mention source code calltips, autocompletion and folding, advanced search functionality, state-of-the-art project management facilities, error highlighting, brace matching, and an unlimited number of editors.

It also offers an interactive Python/Ruby shells, configurable window layout and syntax highlighting, built-in project wide search and replace functionality, as well as support for Mercurial (HG) and Subversion (SVN) repositories.

The application integrates many powerful features, such as a class browser, web browser, feature-rich Ruby debugger, support for code coverage and profiling, unittest support, CORBA support, version control front-end for CVS (Concurrent Versions System), cooperation functions, and source code documentation system.

In addition, it integrates a powerful Python debugger that supports debugging of multiprocessing and multithreaded apps, automatic code checkers, task management, cx_freeze, enchant and PyLint interfaces, Qt dialogs and regex wizards, and a rope refactoring utility.

Bottom line

Another interesting feature is the ability to run external apps. Furthermore, the project provides users with application diagrams, and many internal utilities for previewing Qt translations and forms.

Eric is currently available in multiple languages, including English, German, French, Russian and Czech. It is distributed in two stable editions, Eric4 for Qt4 and Python 2 and Eric5 for Qt4 and Python 3. It supports Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

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