Is there any way to get python omnicomplete to work with non-system modules in vim?

The only thing I can get python omnicomplete to work with are system modules. I get nothing for help with modules in my site-packages or modules that I'm currently working on.

Asked by: Fenton966 | Posted: 05-10-2021

Answer 1

Once I generated ctags for one of my site-packages, it started working for that package -- so I'm guessing that the omnicomplete function depends on ctags for non-sys modules.

EDIT: Not true at all.

Here's the problem -- poor testing on my part -- omnicomplete WAS working for parts of my project, just not most of it.

The issue was that I'm working on a django project, and in order to import django.db, you need to have an environment variable set. Since I couldn't import django.db, any class that inherited from django.db, or any module that imported a class that inherited from django.db wouldn't complete.

Answered by: Joyce577 | Posted: 06-11-2021

Answer 2

I get completion for my own modules in my PYTHONPATH or site-packages. I'm not sure what version of the pythoncomplete.vim script you're using, but you may want to make sure it's the latest.

EDIT: Here's some examples of what I'm seeing on my system...

This file (, I puth in a directory in PYTHONPATH, and then in site-packages. Both times I was able to get the screenshot below.

myvar = 'test'

def myfunction(foo='test'):

class MyClass(object):

Answered by: Marcus542 | Posted: 06-11-2021

Answer 3

Just ran across this on Python reddit tonight: PySmell. Looks like what you're looking for.

PySmell is a python IDE completion helper.

It tries to statically analyze Python source code, without executing it, and generates information about a project’s structure that IDE tools can use.

Answered by: Brad820 | Posted: 06-11-2021

Answer 4

While it's important to note that you must properly set your PYTHONPATH environmental variable, per the the previous answer, there is a notable bug in Vim which prevents omnicompletion from working when an import fails. As of Vim 7.2.79, this bug hasn't been fixed.

Answered by: Roland725 | Posted: 06-11-2021

Answer 5

Trouble-shooting tip: verify that the module you are trying to omni-complete can be imported by VIM. I had some syntactically correct Python that VIM didn't like:

:python import {module-name}
 Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "<string>", line 1, in ?
   File "modulename/", line 9
     class empty_paranthesis():
 SyntaxError: invalid syntax

Case-in-point, removing the parenthesis from my class definition allowed VIM to import the module, and subsequently OmniComplete on that module started to work.

Answered by: Max114 | Posted: 06-11-2021

Answer 6

I think your after the pydiction script. It lets you add your own stuff and site-packages to omni complete.

While your at it, add the following to your python.vim file...

 set iskeyword+=.

This will let you auto-complete package functions e.g. if you enter...


and then [CTRL][N], you'll get a list of the functions for os.path.

Answered by: Adrian428 | Posted: 06-11-2021

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