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Python Tools

Collection of VEDIT macros and other resources for Python programming.

This package contains some Vedit macros and other useful resources for a Python programmer.

You can run the macros from a Python specific Tools menu (pyTools.mnu). A Template Editing macro (Python.vtm) implements smart indent while you type. In addition, the package contains keyboard definition (python.key) for Python.

For easy download, all the macros and other files are packed in the file Click the link below to download the package.

Download Download   -   V1.0   -   2015-02-01   -   15 K   -   Vedit 6.2


Installing and configuring Python Tools

Unzip the files from into your user-mac directory.

You can use preset.vdm to configure VEDIT for Python programming:

  1. Open any Python file.
  2. Run preset.vdm and select Python.
  3. Save file name specific configuration. (This saves syntax highlighting, template editing and auto indent macro settings.)
  4. Save a project for your Python programming. This saves Tools menu and other configuration options.


Descriptions of the files in


Tools Menu for Python

pyTools.mnu is a Tools menu for Python programming. It replaces the standard Tools menu (or Compile menu).
From this menu, you can easily call the macros below and perform other functions useful for Python programming. Tip: use the macro preset.vdm to load this menu and to name it "pyTools".

  The items in the menu are:

*) These macros can be found at other parts of my site. Click the link to see description.
1)  Standard Vedit function. For details, see Using Ctags.

pyTools menu

Keyboard configuration

Python.key is Keyboard definition for Python programming. Based on Vedit NORMAL.KEY configuration, but adds some useful keyboard macros, and uses the pyTools.mnu above. You can use this keyboard file as it is, or just copy those keyboard macros you want to and add them in your own keyboard file. (Don't forget to remove any previous definitions for the same keys.)

Python specific keys:

Ctrl-F8 Tools → Smart indent
F12 Tools → Function show/select
Ctrl-F12 Tools → Lookup in Ctags
Ctrl-Shft-F12    Tools → Return from Ctags
Ctrl-Shft-C Tools → Context display
Numpad 5 Insert comment character, then move to next line
Ctrl-Cursor-Up Move to previous line that has same indent level or less (previous block)
Ctrl-Cursor-Down   Move to next line that has same indent level or less (next block)

Other special functions:

Ctrl-Tab Switch to previous buffer (toggle)
Ctrl-7 Insert pair of curly braces { }
Alt-7 Insert lines with curly braces
Ctrl-8 Insert pair of parenthesis ( )
Alt-8 Insert pair of square braces [ ]
Numpad + Search again / search block, forward
Numpad - Search again / search block, backward
Numpad Enter         Go to end of line and insert newline


Template Editing macro

Python.vtm is a template macro for Python. It implements smart indent while you type.

After you press Enter key, the template macro calls pyIndent.vdm to indent the next line depending on the contents of the previous line.
(Since the template editing event does not capture Enter key, the indenting is executed after you press next key. You can type a space to indent, or just start typing text.)

If you press the : key, the indent macro checks if the current line needs to be undented (e.g. for else or elif statement).

To enable automatic indenting, load the template macro python.vtm, then save file type specific configuration.


Smart indent

pyIndent.vdm implements simple Smart Indent functionality. You can indent a single line or a highlighted block.

Since in Python blocks are specified using indenting itself, it is not possible to automatically detect the blocks for indenting. Therefore only simple indenting rules are used.

Note: The pyTools menu items calls the macro that has been specified by INDENT_MACRO config_string. Thus, the same menu item can be used with many different file types that need different indenting macros. You must set the value for the sting with command


This can be easiest done with preset.vdm macro (see installing above).


Function show/select

pyFunc.vdm is similar to cfunc.vdm. It lists functions and classes in an indented list.

You can use the same keys as on cfunc.vdm to select a function and go to the definition, etc. (F1 opens the help file of cfunc.vdm). In addition, you can use Ctrl-Up and Ctrl-Down keys to move to previous/next line with the same indenting level (previous/next block).

Press F11 to open setup dialog. There you can enable options to:

In addition, you can adjust function list window width and colors.


Context display

pyContext.vdm displays the context of current cursor location. A window opens to list class, function, loops, if blocks etc. inside which the cursor location is.

Press Esc to close the window. Or, use cursor Up and Down keys to select a line in the display, then press Enter to go to that location in the file.


Using Ctags

Create ctags file item in pyTools menu creates a tags database for your Python files. Ctags.vdm does not directly support Python. However, you can create tags database of Python functions by selecting Symbol Recognition Pattern in the Language section. When the symbol recognition dialog opens, enter the following:

Search: ^[ \t]*def[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9_]+)\(
Replace:  \1

and select Regular Expressions as the Search Mode setting. (Ctags.vdm remembers the settings, so next time you run ctags, these fields are already filled.)

Update Ctags file runs ctags.vdm with previously entered settings without showing the dialog box. This is a quick way to update tags database after you have made changes in your files.

Lookup in Ctags finds a function from tags database and instantly switches to function definition. It calls the macro utags.vdm. Just put cursor on a function call and press the hotkey (Ctrl-F12).

Return from Ctags switches back to the file and location from where "Lookup in Ctags" was called. These calls/returns can be nested to unlimited depth. If the file was not open before calling "Lookup in Ctags", and the file has not been modified, "Return from Ctags" closes the file.

Return and Keep open menu item is the same as Return from Ctags, except that the file is not closed even if it was not previously open and it was not modified.

For more details, click [ Help ] button in the Ctags.vdm dialog box.