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Pasting multiple lines into IDLE

Is there a way to paste a block of code into IDLE? Pasting line by line works, but sometimes I'd like to paste many lines at once. When I try, IDLE reads the first line and ignores the rest.

>>> a = 1
b = 2
c = 3

>>> a
>>> b

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#3>", line 1, in <module>
NameError: name 'b' is not defined

Probably not the most beautiful procedure, but this works:

cmds = '''

paste your commands, followed by ''':

a = 1
b = 2
c = 3

Then exec(cmds) will execute them.

Or more directly,


then paste your commands, followed by '''):

a = 1
b = 2
c = 3

It's just a trick, maybe there's a more official, elegant way.

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    • that works, but I was really hoping for something more elegant. It's pretty common to paste a bunch of lines into IDLE. Testing parts of code from an IDE or running stuff posted on SO or whatever.
    • Yes, I often ran into the same issue and asked myself the same question... Same happens when pasting indented part of code, "solved" by typing if True: then pasting the code. A bit of a dirty trick ;-)
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    • using pyscripter.. copy code from anywhere say a function... and then right click in interpreter... choose "paste and execute". and this will work nicely for multiline paste.

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