Bring Your Own Python!

Python Tools For Visual Studio



Python, is a popular dynamic programming language used by organizations like Google, Rackspace and NASA. Python was developed by a Google engineer Guido van Rossum as a pet project, over a decade ago but now is used by many organizations in South Africa around the world. In recognition of the popularity of Python, Microsoft has now released Python Tools for Visual Studio!

Adding to its ever expanding set of tools targeting the Open Source community, Microsoft has released a tool set that will help Python developers to build, debug, profile, test, and deploy Python apps using Python Tools for Visual Studio. This free, open-source extension adds all the functionality one needs to develop and maintain Python applications in Visual Studio, and deploy to Windows or Linux servers, or to Microsoft Azure.

Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 can be installed into these Visual Studio versions:

  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Visual Studio Community 2013
  • Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web or for Windows Desktop
  • Visual Studio 2012 and 2010

So now you can bring the power of Visual Studio to your favourite Python interpreter. Python Tools for Visual Studio works best with CPython, but is also compatible with IronPython, and other programs that host Python . You can download a Python distribution bundle like Anaconda or Canopy and start exploring the Python library ecosystem.

To learn more about how to integrate Python with Visual Studio, visit


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