Python in Visual Studio Code – February 2023 Release
We’re excited to announce that the February 2023 release of the Python and Jupyter extensions for Visual Studio Code are now available!
This release includes the following announcements:
- Automatic environment selection when VS Code is launched from an activated terminal
- Select requirements files or optional dependencies with the
Python: Create Environmentcommand
- Preview: Improved IntelliSense support for pytest with Pylance
- Jupyter kernel picker improvements
If you’re interested, you can check the full list of improvements in our changelogs for the Python, Jupyter and Pylance extensions.
Automatic environment selection when VS Code is launched from an activated terminal
When a user launches VS Code via the terminal with a conda or virtual environment already activated, VS Code now detects that activated environment. Depending on the type of environment, VS Code either auto-selects the environment itself, or asks the user if they would like to select the environment that is present. This feature aims at improving your workflow by auto-selecting the environment rather than requiring manual selection.
Select requirements files and optional dependencies with the
Python: Create Environment command
We are continuing to improve our
Python: Create Environment command based on your feedback! Previously, when a user created an environment with the
Python: Create Environment command, the command searched for common requirements and dependency files and loaded them into the environment automatically. Now, the
Python: Create Environment command finds requirements files in the workspace folder, and allows users to multi-select any number of requirements to install in a quick pick.
Alternatively, the Python extension detects and reads the optional dependencies provided in the
[project.optional-dependencies] table of the
pyproject.toml file. We then perform an installation of any selected optional dependencies along with using the
pip install --editable . command (performing an editable install will become conditional on their being a
[build-system] table in
pyproject.toml in a future release). This is integrated as a quick pick in the
Python: Create Environment command.
Preview: Improved IntelliSense support for pytest with Pylance
We’re excited to announce support for pytest fixtures and parameterization in the pre-release version of Pylance! This update includes powerful features that can help you work more efficiently and effectively when writing and maintaining clear, concise and easy to understand tests with pytest.
You can more conveniently navigate and read through your tests thanks to added support for go to definition and find all references. This feature also enables quick updates with symbol rename (F2):
Pylance also provides completions for pytest fixtures and for parameterized arguments, to help you write your tests more efficiently:
Adding type hints to your pytest fixture parameters can help further improve readability of your tests and catch errors before they become a problem. Pylance now offers two features that make this process more practical: you can trigger code actions (Cmd + . on macOS, Ctrl + . on Windows/Linux) to annotate the types of your pytest parameters, or even enable inlay hints through the
"python.analysis.inlayHints.pytestParameters" setting (and then just double click a hint to insert it into your code!).
Pylance will also infer the types of parameterized pytest arguments, based on the parameter values provided to the decorator:
You can try these updates by installing the pre-release version of the Pylance extension, and report any issues you may encounter at https://github.com/microsoft/pylance-release.
Jupyter kernel picker improvements
We continued to improve the MRU (Most Recently Used) kernel picker. It can be enabled by setting
"mru". Kernels that are not used will be moved into a secondary picker “Select Another Kernel…”. This picker will group all kernels by their source (for example: “Jupyter Kernel”, “Python Environment”, etc.) when you have latest Jupyter extension and Python extension installed.
Other Changes and Enhancements
We have also added small enhancements and fixed issues requested by users that should improve your experience working with Python and Jupyter Notebooks in Visual Studio Code. Some notable changes include:
- Join Selected Cells (
kb(notebook.cell.joinSelected)) to merge multiple selected cells into one cell in Jupyter Notebooks
- Fallback rendering of output to a supported mimetype in Jupyter (vscode-jupyter#8635)
refactor.extractcode action kinds with Pylance:
We would also like to extend special thanks to this month’s contributors:
- @enthusiastic2003: Fix for running Python files with parenthesis in path (vscode-python#20414)
Try out these new improvements by downloading the Python extension and the Jupyter extension from the Marketplace, or install them directly from the extensions view in Visual Studio Code (Ctrl + Shift + X or ⌘ + ⇧ + X). You can learn more about Python support in Visual Studio Code in the documentation. If you run into any problems or have suggestions, please file an issue on the Python VS Code GitHub page.