PyCharm Python

Best Plugins for PyCharm

Plugins are software add-ons that allow you to customize computer programs, web browsers, and software apps to enhance their features and capabilities. For instance, if you want to live stream a soccer match on a website, you may need to install a plugin because your browser does not have the tools required to stream.

You might want to think of plugin as an integral part of your computing and web browsing, making sure each activity you do is running smoothly even if it is just about viewing a document or surfing a blog.

Plugins for PyCharm IDE? 

Just like every other software, several tools and IDEs also offer support for plugins to improve their productivity and performance. Since PyCharm has been one of the most widely used IDEs for Python development, several plugins were introduced to ensure a suitable working environment for programmers.

Here is a rundown on the best plugins you can install for PyCharm:

1.    Highlight Bracket Pair

To make your programming vows easier, the highlight bracket pair plugin helps to identify bracket pairs in your code based on the position of the cursor. It eliminates the need to manually scan the start and ends of the bracket. Moreover, it is also compatible with all other IntelliJ-based IDEs and languages such as Java, Groovy, JavaScript, Ruby, HTML, JSON, XML, and CSS other than just Python.

Find out how it looks in the images below:

2.    Grep Console

For users working on Python scripts that generate huge output, it sometimes gets complex to filter out the required output on their console. Hence, Grep Console helps filter the results you will need based on the given conditions to make debugging easier and hassle-free.

Its features include:

  • Changing colors of matching text.
  • Open designated output into a new console tab
  • Change output using any other plugin
  • Clear console
  • Highlight any part of the code you want
  • Filter any unwanted lines of code
  • Organize hundreds of lines of code through the easy filter and highlighting options.

3.    Rainbow Brackets   

One of the most convenient plugins that you can use in multipart codes is Rainbow Brackets. The best part of its use is that it highlights multiple bracket pairs at the same time, which are deeply nested within themselves. This plugin not only resolves confusion but also highlight matching pairs with matching rainbow colors, unlike the Highlight Bracket Pair. It also supports many other languages other than Python.

4.    Key Promoter X

For developers and programmers, the use of keyboards is highly significant. Moreover, at times, using IDEs through mouse gets a little boring. This PyCharm plugin brings a variety of keyboard shortcuts to make coding quickly, less stressful, and free of monotonous mouse work. Once you download the plugin, Key Promoter X will show you a list of shortcuts for keyboard buttons. Interestingly, you can also create shortcuts for keys that do not have any.

5.    String Manipulation

Manipulating text during long lines of code gets extremely draggy sometimes. For that purpose, this plugin, String Manipulation helps to convert lower case letters into upper case letters and vice versa. Besides, it also has options for other text manipulation, including:

  • Switch Case: camelCase, kebab-lowercase, KEBAB-UPPERCASE, dot.case, words lowercase, snake_case, SCREAMING_SNAKE_CASE, First-word capitalization, Words, Capitalizes, Pascal Case.
  • Capitalize
  • Invert Case
  • Switch from lower to Upper and vice versa
  • Encode and Decode to different formats
  • Increment and Decrement Numbers
  • Reverse
  • Shuffle
  • Sort Cases, asc, Desc, and sub selected texts
  • Align text
  • Trim spaces and unwanted text
  • Remove duplicates
  • Remove extra/empty lines
  • Swap characters

To download this exceptional plugin and find out more, follow the link here.

6.    Save Actions

The name says it all. This incredible plugin takes the responsibility of saving files, run a set of actions on them regarding importing and reforming to make things easier for you. Its features include:

  • Optimizing your imports
  • Run multiple files
  • Rearrange codes
  • Reformatting codes
  • Run on file saves and shortcuts
  • Provide files with regex support
  • Works on any file types such as Python, Java, and XML.
  • Compatible with IntelliJ IDEA, PHPStorm, Android Studio, RubyMine and CLion other than PyCharm.

7.    Ace Jump

Ace jump is a great plugin to boost your productivity while writing, running and debugging codes in PyCharm. It allows moving or repositioning the caret to any particular position without using the mouse. You can navigate it to any position where you are working in the editor. Just press the keys ‘ctrl+;’ and type a character and then type any matching character to the Ace Jump. See how it works in the image below:

8.    Nyan Progress Bar

A useful plugin that keeps a record of your progress with a nyan cat to make your IDE a little bit of interesting.

9.    Rainglow Colour Schemes

Specially designed for all Jet Brains IDEs, this plugin comprises of a collection of colour themes to make your working environment colourful and good to work on.

10.    Legacy Icon Pack 2018.2+

Working on the same environment with old themes and colours makes work dull and less motivating. This exciting theme brings a pack of icons to help you replace the old ones to new monochrome icons. You can choose icons from IntelliJ 2016.2 and 2018.1.

11.    Sonar Lint

This plugin is highly recommended for beginners and intermediate coders to help polish their lines of code by doing minor improvements. It can not only detect but also let you fix them. You can fix small bugs, redundancies, spelling mistakes, code flaws, un-reachable code and unclogged exceptions so to help keep your code clean and fit to quality.

It can be used for a number of programming languages including Java, Ruby, Kotlin, Java Script, PHP and Python.

We hope this list will help make your coding more fun and resourceful. Get them now!

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Zeeman Memon

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