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ERIC6_API(1) General Commands Manual ERIC6_API(1)


eric6_api - eric6 API generator


eric6_api [options] files...

where files can be be either Python modules, package directories or ordinary directories.


This manual page documents briefly the eric6_api command. This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

eric6_api scans Python source code to generate API descriptions files which are used to as tooltips and autocompletion suggestions by the QScintilla editor widget in eric6.


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below. For a complete description, see the Info files.

Use the given name as the name of the base package.
Show this help and exit.
Write the API information to the named file. A '%L' placeholder is replaced by the language of the API file (see --language).
Generate API files for QScintilla prior to 1.7.
Include private methods and functions.
Perform a recursive search for Python files.
Add the given extension to the list of file extensions. This option may be given multiple times.
Show version information and exit.
Specify a directory basename to be excluded. This option may be repeated multiple times.
Specify a filename pattern of files to be excluded. This option may be repeated multiple times.
Generate an API file for the given programming language. Supported programming languages are:
* Python
* Python3
* Ruby The default is 'Python'. This option may be repeated multiple times.


eric6(1), eric6_browser(1), eric6_compare(1), eric6_configure(1), eric6_diff(1), eric6_doc(1), eric6_editor(1), eric6_helpviewer(1), eric6_iconeditor(1), eric6_plugininstall(1), eric6_pluginrepository(1), eric6_pluginuninstall(1), eric6_qregexp(1), eric6_re(1), eric6_shell(1), eric6_sqlbrowser(1), eric6_tray(1), eric6_trpreviewer(1), eric6_uipreviewer(1), eric6_unittest(1), eric6_webbrowser(1)


This manual page was written by Torsten Marek <>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).

January 31, 2010