The rlcompleter module defines a completion function suitable for the readline module by completing valid Python identifiers and keywords.
When this module is imported on a Unix platform with the readline module available, an instance of the Completer class is automatically created and its complete method is set as the readline completer.
>>> import rlcompleter >>> import readline >>> readline.parse_and_bind("tab: complete") >>> readline. <TAB PRESSED> readline.__doc__ readline.get_line_buffer readline.read_init_file readline.__file__ readline.insert_text readline.set_completer readline.__name__ readline.parse_and_bind >>> readline.
The rlcompleter module is designed for use with Python's interactive mode. A user can add the following lines to his or her initialization file (identified by the PYTHONSTARTUP environment variable) to get automatic Tab completion:
try: import readline except ImportError: print "Module readline not available." else: import rlcompleter readline.parse_and_bind("tab: complete")
On platforms without readline, the Completer class defined by this module can still be used for custom purposes.