PyCharm 2024.1 Help


Macros provide a convenient way to automate repetitive procedures you do frequently while writing code. You can record, edit, and play back macros, assign shortcuts to them, and share them.

  • Macros can be used to combine a sequence of editor-related actions within a file.

  • You can't record button clicks, navigating to popups, and accessing tool windows, menus, and dialogs.

A temporary macro can be used without a name. For permanent macros, assign unique names.

Record a macro

  1. In the main menu, go to Edit | Macros | Start Macro Recording.

  2. Perform necessary actions that you want to be recorded.

  3. Select Edit | Macros | Stop Macro Recording.

  4. In the Enter Macro Name dialog, specify the name for the new macro and click OK.

    If the macro is intended for temporary use only, you can leave the name blank.

Play back a macro

  • To play back a temporary macro, select Edit | Macros | Play Back Last Macro.

  • To play back a named macro, select Edit | Macros and click the necessary macro name.

Edit macros

  • Select Edit | Macros | Edit Macros.

The left side of the dialog shows a list of available macros with the following buttons:

the Remove button

Remove the selected macro.

the Edit button

Edit the name of the selected macro.

The right side of the dialog shows a list of actions in the selected macro with the following button:

the Remove button

Remove the selected action from the macro.

Bind a keyboard shortcut to a macro

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open settings and then select Keymap.

  2. Create a new keymap or select an existing keymap from the list of keymaps.

  3. Expand the Macros node and select the macro for which you want to create a keyboard shortcut.

Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+Shift+A to open the Find Action dialog, type your macro name, select it, and then press Alt+Enter to bind a shortcut .

Share macros

If you have at least one macro recorded, you can export them along with any other settings and share them with others.

  1. In the main menu, go to File | Manage IDE Settings | Export Settings.

  2. In the Export Settings dialog, select Macros and any other settings that you want to share.

  3. Select the path for the s archive and click OK.

Give the settings archive to someone who will import the settings and use your macros.

Last modified: 26 May 2024