I have just started to learn Python Syntax after learning most of the basics of OOP on Turbo C++. I only intend to create basic amateur-level programs and games and eventually dabble in Artificial Intelligence in games.

I am currently trying out PyCharm's Community Edition. I would like to know if there are other free IDEs worth taking a look at with good features(autocompletion of code), decent customisability and a clean UI.

Visual Studio is also frequently recommended but I am unsure if VS or VS Code would be a better option considering my simple requirements.

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    VS Code is really good with the python extensions. Entirely different software from Visual Studio.
    – Eric S
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 14:39
  • That's what I read. I tried Visual Studio for C++ but the syntax varied a lot because I had learned much older syntax. VS Code would be lighter and less features I might not use preinstalled right?
    – Tarun
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 14:46
  • Pycharm is a really great IDE. It's made for Python. VS Code is also ok, but it somehow looks like made for everything. Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 19:08
  • @ThomasWeller I've used both and I currently prefer VS Code. To each his own.
    – Eric S
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 23:30

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Ones that I have tried and are Free & worth taking a look, in no specific order:

A more complete but slightly dated list can be found at https://wiki.python.org/moin/IntegratedDevelopmentEnvironments

Not IDEs but I would always recommend taking a look at:

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    I'll try out all of these one by one.
    – Tarun
    Commented Jul 3, 2020 at 9:55

Since Atom has not been mentioned yet, here you go: https://atom.io/

Some benefits:

  • cross-platform
  • free and open-source
  • extensive customization
  • lots of packages (add-ons)
  • not limited to the Python language

No experience with PyCharm so I can't really compare the two.

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