Last Updated: August 9, 2019

Komodo 5.1 released (fast open, history, hyperlinks, etc.)

We (ActiveState) released Komodo 5.1 today! Get it here:

Komodo IDE
Komodo Edit

Komodo IDE 5.1 is a free upgrade for Komodo IDE 5.x license holders. Your license entitles you to run Komodo IDE on any of the platforms we support (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). Komodo Edit 5.1 is, as ever, open-source and free.

Fast Open dialog

On to the features. A goodie in the Komodo 5.1.0 release that wasn’t in the previous releases is the new fast-open (a.k.a. “Go to File”) dialog.

Fast open in Komodo 5.1 from Trent Mick on Vimeo.

The fast-open dialog is a quicker way to open files for editing. Komodo needed it: the system native File Open dialogs can be a pain (ever try to go up one directory in the Mac OS X File Open dialog?), poking around in a Komodo project tree to find just the file you want is slow. Worse than slow, it is distracting. With the fast-open dialog you typically just need to type a few characters in the base name of the file you want to open and hit <enter> to open the file.

The fast-open dialog makes it easy to:

  • switch to open tabs (especially useful if you have many many files open in Komodo),
  • open recent files (tieing in with Komodo 5.1’s new History feature),
  • open files in the current directories (i.e. the directories of currently open files), and
  • open files in your current project.

The filter textbox supports multiple tokens, so while a search for ‘mark‘ with match:

a search for ‘mark py‘ will match:

Re-open recently closed tabs

A feature I love in Firefox is Ctrl+Shift+T (Cmd+Shift+T on the Mac) to re-open the most recently closed tab. Komodo now has that.

Hyperlinks, Find highlighting, History

On the road to this Komodo 5.1 release we introduced hyperlinks in Komodo 5.1b1:

editor history in Komodo 5.1a1:

screenshot of Komodo 5.1's history feature

and support for a new platform — Linux/x86_64.

Along with dozens of bug fixes, XML/HTML tag highlighting and jump to matching tag, upgrades to our xdebug builds for PHP 5.3 debugging, and regular nightly builds for Komodo IDE and Edit… this is a good release. Try it out:

downloads Komodo IDE | Komodo Edit
Trent Mick

Trent Mick

Trent Mick is one of ActiveState's Python gurus and senior developer. He's a member of the Python Software Foundation and is the author of many popular Python modules. At ActiveState his primary focus is Komodo. Trent has a Bachelor of Engineering and B. Sc. in Computer Science Degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.