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ropemacs, rope in emacs

Ropemacs is an emacs mode that uses rope library to provide features like refactorings and code-assists. You should install rope library and Pymacs before using ropemacs.

New Features

  • Auto-completing python names (code-assist); M-/
  • Rope find file; C-c p f
  • Generate python element; C-c n [vfcmp]
  • Previewing changes
  • Specifying refactoring options
  • Restructuring support
  • Added rope-confirm-saving variable
  • Only activating local keys in python mode
  • Find file and advanced matching

Setting Up

You can get Pymacs from But version 0.22 does not work with Python 2.5 because of the lack of file encoding declarations. A simple patch is included: docs/pymacs_python25.patch.

After installing pymacs, add these lines to your ~/.emacs file:

(require 'pymacs)
(pymacs-load "ropemacs" "rope-")

Rope registers its local keys using python-mode hook. If you don't want to use rope with python-mode you can add rope-register-local-keys lisp function to some other hook.

If you want to load ropemacs only when you really need it, you can use a function like this instead of that:

(defun load-ropemacs ()
  "Load pymacs and ropemacs"
  (require 'pymacs)
  (pymacs-load "ropemacs" "rope-")
  (setq rope-confirm-saving 'nil)

And execute load-ropemacs whenever you want to use ropemacs. Also if you don't want to install rope library and ropemacs you can put them somewhere and add them to the PYTHONPATH before loading ropemacs in your .emacs:

(setenv "PYTHONPATH" (concat (getenv "PYTHONPATH")

Getting Started

Rope refactorings use a special kind of dialog. When you start a refactoring, you'll be asked to confirm saving modified python buffers; you can change it by using rope-confirm-saving variable. Adding (setq rope-confirm-saving 'nil) to your .emacs file, will make emacs save them without asking.

After that depending on the refactoring, you'll be asked about the essential information a refactoring needs to know (like the new name in rename refactoring).

Next you'll see the base prompt of a refactoring dialog that shows something like "Choose what to do". You can choose to set other optional refactoring options; after setting each option you'll be returned back to the base prompt. Finally, you can ask rope to perform, preview or cancel the refactoring.

See keybinding section and try the refactorings yourself.

Finding Files

By using rope-find-file (C-x p f by default), you can search for files in your project. When you complete the minibuffer you'll see all files in the project; files are shown as their reversed paths. For instance projectroot/docs/todo.txt is shown like todo.txt<docs. This way you can find files faster in your project.


Uses almost the same keybinding as ropeide.

Key Action
C-x p o rope-open-project
C-x p k rope-close-project
C-x p f rope-find-file
C-x p u rope-undo-refactoring
C-x p r rope-redo-refactoring
C-c r r rope-rename
C-c r l rope-extract-variable
C-c r m rope-extract-method
C-c r i rope-inline
C-c r v rope-move
C-c r 1 r rope-rename-current-module
C-c r 1 v rope-move-current-module
C-c r 1 p rope-module-to-package
M-/ rope-code-assist
C-c g rope-goto-definition
C-c C-d rope-show-doc
C-c i o rope-organize-imports
C-c n v rope-generate-variable
C-c n f rope-generate-function
C-c n c rope-generate-class
C-c n m rope-generate-module
C-c n p rope-generate-package


  • rope-confirm-saving: If non-nil, you have to confirm saving all modified python files before refactorings; otherwise they are saved automatically. Defaults to t.


Send your bug reports, feature requests and patches to rope-dev (at)


This program is under the terms of GPL (GNU General Public License). Have a look at COPYING file for more information.