Is it possible to launch python idle from a virtual environment?

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I have a package that I installed from a virtual environment. if I launch Idle, that package cannot be imported since it's only available in one particular virtualenv. How can I launch Idle from a virtualenv, so that all packages from the virtualenv would be available?
Aug 8, 2019 in Python by Arvind
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Assuming that you are using python 3, you can do it using following steps - 

  1. Start the virtual environment
  2. Run python -m idlelib.idle
Now you can import the required package that you want to use.
answered Aug 8, 2019 by Neel
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Thank you! I have been trying to solve the same problem. The following also works while still allowing you to use the terminal:

pythonw -m idlelib.idle
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Try running the following code.

#!/usr/bin/env python
"""Simple script to run Idle from a venv in PyCharm."""

try:
    # Import for Python pre 3.6
    from idlelib.PyShell import main
except ModuleNotFoundError:
    # Import for Python version 3.6 and later
    from idlelib.pyshell import main

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()
answered Jun 25 by Sirajul
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