Set python virtualenv in vim


I use vim for coding and for python coding in particular. Often I want to execute the current buffer with python interpreter. (for example to run unittests), usually I do this with :!python % <Enter>

This scenatio will work works fine with global python, but I want to run virtualenv python instead. How do I enable virtualenv within vim? Is it possible to switch virtualenv on the runtime?

I'm using macvim

10/7/2010 12:19:24 PM

Accepted Answer

Here's what I use (sorry the highlighting is screwy).

" Function to activate a virtualenv in the embedded interpreter for
" omnicomplete and other things like that.
function LoadVirtualEnv(path)
    let activate_this = a:path . '/bin/'
    if getftype(a:path) == "dir" && filereadable(activate_this)
        python << EOF
import vim
activate_this = vim.eval('l:activate_this')
execfile(activate_this, dict(__file__=activate_this))

" Load up a 'stable' virtualenv if one exists in ~/.virtualenv
let defaultvirtualenv = $HOME . "/.virtualenvs/stable"

" Only attempt to load this virtualenv if the defaultvirtualenv
" actually exists, and we aren't running with a virtualenv active.
if has("python")
    if empty($VIRTUAL_ENV) && getftype(defaultvirtualenv) == "dir"
        call LoadVirtualEnv(defaultvirtualenv)

Note that you need to have MacVim compiled against the Python you are using for the virtualenv, e.g. if you downloaded Python 2.7 from you should recompile MacVim using --with-python-config-dir=/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/config as an argument to ./configure.

Hope that helps!

EDIT: Just one note of attribution: A lot of the detective work that went into writing this little ditty was done by this blogger, and he deserves some of the credit.

10/25/2010 7:59:02 PM

Activate your virtualenv before starting vim. You will automatically get the corresponding interpreter instance.

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