Autoreload of modules in ipython

When working with Python in IPython, it can be quite cumbersome to manually reload modules every time a change is made. Fortunately, there are several ways to enable automatic reloading of modules in IPython, making the development process much smoother.

Option 1: Using the autoreload extension

IPython provides an autoreload extension that can be loaded to automatically reload modules before executing code. To use this extension, follow these steps:

%load_ext autoreload
%autoreload 2

The first line loads the autoreload extension, while the second line sets it to reload all modules every time a cell is executed. This ensures that any changes made to the modules are reflected immediately.

Option 2: Using the reload function

If you prefer not to use the autoreload extension, you can manually reload specific modules using the reload function from the importlib module. Here’s an example:

import importlib
import my_module

# Make changes to my_module


In this example, we import the module we want to reload and make the necessary changes. Then, we use the reload function to reload the module and apply the changes.

Option 3: Using the %run magic command

Another way to achieve automatic reloading of modules is by using the %run magic command in IPython. This command runs a Python script and automatically reloads it if any changes are made. Here’s how you can use it:

%run -i

In this example, we run the script “” and the -i flag tells IPython to run it in interactive mode, which enables automatic reloading of the script if any changes are made.

After considering these three options, the best choice depends on personal preference and the specific requirements of the project. The autoreload extension (Option 1) is the most convenient as it automatically reloads all modules, saving time and effort. However, if you prefer more control over which modules to reload, Option 2 or Option 3 may be more suitable.

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    1. I couldnt disagree more. Option 1 is the real deal. Its all about that seamless user experience and the convenience of auto-updating modules. No need to manually reload like its the Stone Age. 💁‍♀️💻

  1. Option 1: Autoreload extension seems awesome! Cant wait to try it out and save myself from tedious reloading. #LazyProgrammer

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