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On my Windows 7 machine, I often run multiple Python shells at a time. This is especially helpful when testing socket servers over localhost.

How would I run multiple Python shells via IDLE on my Mac (running OSX 10.7.5).

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I want it to be seamless - is it possible to make it so that each time I run a new script in idle, it opens a new instance instead of stopping the existing shell? idle & does not work

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Open Terminal.app and enter idle & at the prompt whenever you want to open a new instance. The & runs the process in the background and returns you back to the shell prompt.

  • That opens a new shell, but it is disconnected from the terminal. – vonbrand Mar 16 '13 at 13:44
  • @vonbrand - right. That's what the OP is asking - how to open multiple IDLE windows. – MattDMo Mar 16 '13 at 13:49

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