Better interactive shell for ActivePython

ActivePython users on Linux or MacOSX may have noted that the arrow keys do not work properly in the command-line Python shell. When you hit up-arrow in the shell, ActivePython gives you "^

Fortunately, ActivePython comes with PyPM (Python Package Manager), using which you can install readline yourself. While you're doing that, you might also want to try IPython, which provides tab completion and a number of other nifty features.

If you are using Linux or MacOSX, then all you need to do is type the following in Terminal:


$ pypm install readline
$ pypm install ipython

On Windows, in the command prompt window:


C:\> pypm install pyreadline
C:\> pypm install ipython

You'll need ActivePython 2.6.4.10 or above installed (3.x is not supported by PyPM yet). To learn about IPython, see Jeff Rush's video demonstrations.