PyPi is a powerful Python package index, allowing users to easily find and install numerous Python modules, basically, presenting itself as a massive software repository containing (at the moment) 24458 packages.
Usually, in order to locate Python modules, users/developers utilize the search available on the PyPi website and/or using pip search.
Ubuntu ships by default Unity, a polished powerful interface containing the Dash, latter component featuring a proper "space" where searching, accessing, identifying, etc, items can be easily performed.
Unity PyPi lens is a handy lens, that exposes the power and massive database of PyPi in the easiness and clarity of the Dash, latter qualities helped by the boost in speed (as compared to the traditional above mentioned methods) when searching and viewing items.
Its usage is as simple as opening the PyPi lens, typing a word in the search area and clicking on a preferred result, action that opens it via the default web-browser directly on its PyPi's related webpage.
A definitely interesting aspect of Unity PyPi lens is its ability to detect and automatically display the (locally) installed Python modules, meaning, searching
apt (by typing
apt in the search area), categorizes the matched items in
Installed Modules (modules already installed on one's computer) and
The PyPi lens, along with the mentioned features, has been designed with speed in mind, "one thing that I was particularly concerned about was speed,..., the data is only pulled from the web on the first search (the first search of each unity session), and then re-used".
How do we install Unity PyPi lens 0.8?
Add the following official PPA (Precise)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-lens-pypi
then, restart the computer.