PyScripter: a very nice small IDE for Windows

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

I found a very nice small Python IDE for Windows called PyScripter.

PyScripter is a free and open-source Python Integrated Development Environment (IDE) created with the ambition to become competitive in functionality with commercial Windows-based IDEs available for other languages. Being built in a compiled language is rather snappier than some of the other Python IDEs and provides an extensive blend of features that make it a productive Python development environment.” (source)

The install file is less than 5 MB and PyScripter provides all the features you want from a modern IDE: syntax highlight, run code and see the output, code completion, built-in Python shell, debugger, etc.

Here is a youtube video for beginners that shows first how to install Python on Windows, then presents PyScripter.

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imgur album downloader

April 5, 2014 Leave a comment

This little script can download all the images in an imgur gallery.

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Improving the sidebar of /r/python

March 21, 2014 Leave a comment

In the sidebar of /r/python, there was a very unpythonic infinite loop for a long time:

while 1:
    # do something

Today I sent a message to the moderators and they changed it:


Update: I got a message from them.

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get the command pip3

March 15, 2014 Leave a comment

You have Python 2 and Python 3 on the same machine. You want to install a package that requires Python 3. You cannot use the command “pip” because it will install the package as if it were written in Python 2. You want a “pip3” command.

I found the solution here.


$ curl -O
$ sudo python3

Now you have a “pip3” command that you can use to install Python 3 libraries.

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installing pgmagick

March 4, 2014 Leave a comment

pgmagick is yet another boost.python based wrapper for GraphicsMagick.

GraphicsMagick is the swiss army knife of image processing. …it provides a robust and efficient collection of tools and libraries which support reading, writing, and manipulating an image in over 88 major formats including important formats like DPX, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, PDF, PNM, and TIFF.” (source)

Here I found an interesting blog post on how to remove image backgrounds with a Python script (comments on it here). The script uses the pgmagick library.

How to install pgmagick and GraphicsMagick? That is, the following line shouldn’t drop any error :)

>>> import pgmagick

It may not be an optimal solution because it installed on my machine LOTS OF extra packages… However, it worked for me.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install graphicsmagick

$ sudo apt-get install libmagick++-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libboost-python-dev
$ sudo pip install pgmagick -U

Usage example
scale example (copied from here):

>>> from pgmagick import Image, FilterTypes
>>> im = Image('input.jpg')
>>> im.quality(100)
>>> im.filterType(FilterTypes.SincFilter)
>>> im.scale('100x100')
>>> im.sharpen(1.0)
>>> im.write('output.jpg')


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Jinja2 example for generating a local file using a template

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Here I want to show you how to generate an HTML file (a local file) using a template with the Jinja2 template engine.

Python source (

#!/usr/bin/env python

import os
from jinja2 import Environment, FileSystemLoader

PATH = os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__))
    loader=FileSystemLoader(os.path.join(PATH, 'templates')),

def render_template(template_filename, context):
    return TEMPLATE_ENVIRONMENT.get_template(template_filename).render(context)

def create_index_html():
    fname = "output.html"
    urls = ['', '', '']
    context = {
        'urls': urls
    with open(fname, 'w') as f:
        html = render_template('index.html', context)

def main():


if __name__ == "__main__":

Jinja2 template (templates/index.html)

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8"/>
    <p>{{ urls|length }} links</p>
<ol align="left">
{% set counter = 0 -%}
{% for url in urls -%}
<li><a href="{{ url }}">{{ url }}</a></li>
{% set counter = counter + 1 -%}
{% endfor -%}

Resulting output
If you execute, you will get this output:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8"/>
    <p>3 links</p>
<ol align="left">
<li><a href=""></a></li>
<li><a href=""></a></li>
<li><a href=""></a></li>

You can find all these files here (GitHub link).

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