Top 10 Visual Studio Code extensions for Python development

I have been using Visual Studio Code (VSCode) for quite some time now.

I developed my last two projects using VSCode. Before using VSCode I was a heavy Vim user, but I needed something more.

Microsoft’s VSCode is a robust, open-source, a multi-platform editor that has quickly become my code editor of choice.

VSCode is highly extensible and customizable. Let's take a look at some of the extensions that make Python development in VSCode a better experience.

1. Python by Microsoft

Python by Microsoft

An extension with rich support for the Python language (including Python 3.6), including features such as linting, debugging, IntelliSense, code navigation, code formatting, refactoring, unit tests, snippets, and more!

This blog post would be flawed if it didn't feature the official Python extension by Microsoft. I can write the whole article around this extension alone.

2. Python Docstring by Nils Werner

Python Docstring

Visual Studio Code extension to quickly generate docstrings for python functions. Quickly generates a docstring snippet that can be tabbed through.

If you are like me who likes to comply with the PEP8 standards, then you must be finding yourself writing a lot of docstrings. This is where this extension comes in handy.

3. Code Runner by Jun Han

Code Runner does what its name suggests. It will execute statements from a variety of languages and output the results to the built-in Output Window.

It will save you the time of switching back and forth between the editor and the terminal.

4. Anaconda Extension Pack by Microsoft

The Anaconda Extension Pack is a set of extensions that enhance the experience of Anaconda customers using Visual Studio Code. It includes the following set of Visual Studio Code extensions:

  • Microsoft Python Extension for Visual Studio Code

  • YAML Support by Red Hat

5. Trailing Spaces by Shardul Mahadik

Highlight trailing spaces and delete them in a flash! This extension is a port of the popular Sublime Text plugin Trailing Spaces.

Since Python is an indented language, trailing spaces can cause errors.

6. Better Comments by Aaron Bond

Better Comments

The Better Comments extension will help you create more human-friendly comments in your code. With this extension, you will be able to categorise your annotations into:

  • Alerts
  • Queries
  • TODOs
  • Highlights

I personally don't believe that the comments are redundant. How many times does it happen to you, that you return to a code base after a break and none of it makes sense? Well, happens a lot to me. That's why I highly recommend people to documents their code.

And this extension helps me make the most out of my comments.

7. Djaneiro - Django Snippets by Scott Barkman

The Python extension by Microsoft pretty much covers everything. They also provide snippets for Python.

But for Django related snippets you should try this extension by Mr Barkman. A collection of snippets for Django templates, models, views, fields & forms.

8. flask-snippets by cstrap

Flask Snippets

Flask snippets collections. Initially ported from PyCharm, TextMate, SublimeText and other editors/IDEs.

In between here I also want to mention the extension called Jinja by wholroyd. This extension adds language colourization support for the Jinja template language to VS Code.

9. Code Linting

Code Linting

To enable the code linting in your VSCode, you have to install the linter.

$ pip install pylint

Once the pylint has been installed in your work environment, it'll work out of the box.

10. GitLens — Git supercharged by Eric Amodio

Git Lens

GitLens supercharges the Git capabilities built into Visual Studio Code. It helps you to visualize code authorship at a glance via Git blame annotations and code lens, seamlessly navigate and explore Git repositories, gain valuable insights via powerful comparison commands, and so much more.

After all version control is an integral part of the software development.

Well, that's the end of the list. I hope you found something useful that you didn't already know about.

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