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Rating:        Based on 24 ratings
Reviewed:  18 reviews
Downloads: 438111
Change Set: 96a712b709cb
Released: Oct 16, 2013
Updated: Mar 12, 2014 by Zooba
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Note: Visual Studio Express editions are not supported by this release. See our installation guide for a free alternative.

We’re pleased to announce the release of Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 RTM. Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) is an open-source plug-in for Visual Studio which supports programming with the Python language. PTVS supports a broad range of features including CPython/IronPython, Edit/Intellisense/Debug/Profile, Cloud, IPython, and cross platform and cross language debugging support.

For a quick overview of the general IDE experience, please watch this video.


There are a number of exciting improvements in this release compared to 1.5RTM, many based on your feedback & suggestions. Here’s a summary:

• Python Environments: Please refer to the documentation or this video overview
• Virtual Env support: easily and quickly create silo’d environments for installing packages in your project.
• Various Intellisense improvements, especially for packages with compiled modules such as numpy and PyQt. Please refer to the documentation or this video overview
• New reformat code command

• Mixed-mode debugging for Python and C++. (video overview)
• Remote cross-OS debugging for Windows, Linux and MacOS: (video overview)

• Publish Django applications to Windows Azure Web Sites – in addition to the already existing publish to Cloud Service you can now quickly publish a site to Windows Azure Web Sites. (video overview)
• Various bug fixes to the Azure SDK for Windows, Linux and MacOS.

• Starting with VS2013, we’re happy to announce that PTVS is “in the box”. This means when you install Visual Studio, there is a an existing “Python” download link which will direct you to the latest PTVS installer.
• Various bug fixes and performance improvements, such as large project load times.

New “PTVS Integrated” package
• If you don’t have VS already, you can install PTVS and VS with a single click using the “Integrated” package. This gives you a complete and perpetually free Python IDE based on VS 2013.

For a list of known issues for this release, please see each feature's docs.

We’d like to thank the following people who took the time to report issues send feedback and pull requests for this release:

akirkby, AlexSnowedIn, AngellusMortis, ArmedGuy, ask1987, atilev, bbusacker, bfcondon, bkilian, bveldkamp, chehsunliu, cpitcla, Crazometer, cvolzke, delind, denfromufa, detly, donre, Drmanac, gennadiy_d, golubdr, hfoffani, indra_k, jmfrank63, joxn, knakai, MarkBerryman, mattme, meanim, mjklaim, mmclark, MRY92, mstampfer, nahnhnahk, noam0101, oldschool, ooplex, paweljasiniski, sharwell, shoejunk, Soldalma, soyiharu, spaun2002, stocksp, SuperKronos, Vilhelmenator, yazandiranieh.

Thank you!

Reviews for this release

Interactive debugging is a life saver. Using it on Win7 and OSX - pretty happy so far.
by seva_ostapenko on Jan 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM
bad news, i am (immortal) Xp lovers, i was installed vs 2010 net framework 4, when i run this software, error message always show
by septianyp on Jul 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM
Good one! #recommended
by ashumeow on Apr 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM
I am beginner diving into python...and PTVS enables me to continue to use visual studio for python learning along with my other C# based development need to learn another IDE and at the same time eases learning python. So far very impressed with live debugging, intellisense, profiling features it provides. Great tool...!!
by vishwas on Apr 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM
Real features needed for daily development make this a solid release. Projects, editing, debugging, navigating, interactivity all work and don't get in the way of getting work done.
by jrs on Feb 13, 2014 at 2:42 AM
This plugin is absolutely amazing. VS with PTVS beats all other python IDEs.
by kumaramit on Feb 9, 2014 at 4:38 AM
I LOVE IT!!! - GREAT :D In the past I've used IntelliJ IDEA 13 but Java IDE's are so painfully slow! It's great that I can use VS now not just for C++ but for Python too! I hope this project will get more and more attention and massive support from all sides Microsoft and the Community. I'd honestly be willing to pay for PTVS as commercial solution if this project would get more support thru that. Python 3.3 and Latest Django 1.6 Support would be good + Sombody has to supply an always up to date Django Connector for IIS. - A commercial Django IIS Interface solution, I tested almost all ways on windows systems - massive workarounds or need to install x Libs.... The really best connector for IIS PyISAPIe works only with Python 2.7 PyISAPIe is great but massive lacks support :( .... It's really sad that Python is a niche on IIS/Windows systems.
by ITSecMedia on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM
This plugin is awesome. It allow us to attach directly Visual Studio to 3rd party Softwares in which we develop tools in python. Having breakpoints, intellisense, debug info is a massive gain in productivity. Thank you
by pmsimard on Jan 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM
This plugin is awesome! I am having a great experience programming in Visual Studio, and with this plugin has put me over the moon. Thank you!
by jdsantiago on Dec 28, 2013 at 1:51 AM
Hello Guys, Thanks for your great work. This release is too good and especially the integrated tool with VS shell. Only one point to make which I think can make IronPython more versatile. If you can add support for selenium web driver and robotframework robotframework selenium2library natively then it will touch more people. As you might be knowing CPython tools like setuptools and pip or easy_install does not work with IronPython, it keeps the scope limited. Moreover, automation frameworks are in demand, it will help a lot of people like me. I know how to use selenium using dll but if we can work on CPython stuff , it will be great. Thanks a lot
by rahoolm on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Python newbie, used to Windows stack. Tried Python with just SubLime and coding was -- meh. But with this add-in I am much more productive. I get the intelli-crack back!
by ksummerlin on Nov 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM
Having tried python on eclipse and sublime first, this one wins hands I get to keep VS for all my work..
by ashutoshraina on Nov 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Makes using Python on windows tolerable.
by zzarg on Nov 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM
Still no pylint?
by darfarn on Nov 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM
You spoke, we listened. New for 2.1 alpha is PyLint support.
Reply by RickWinter (Coordinator) on Feb 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM
This is much better than the old version!
by Kuree on Nov 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

by kcomkar on Oct 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Followed download instructions. VS opens. But hitting F5 thousand times. Nothing happens. Downloading this is another waste of time.
by qwertzuiop on Dec 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM
hi qwertzuiop - sorry to hear about your bad experience. can you tell us more about your environment so we can diagnose what happened? eg: VS, OS, Python versions, sample app, etc. ? thanks!
Reply by Ptools (Coordinator) on Dec 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM
This is not better than 1.5. As soon as I upgraded to 2.0 nothing worked and I kept having errors and crashes. As is microsofts practice they dont test, they let the users do that for them!!
by lmarcus on Nov 5, 2013 at 4:41 AM