Let's say I need reverse function in my newly created hello_world.py file and I have not imported it yet:

url = reverse('hell-world')

I would love to go onto the reverse name, press VIM binding and get from django.urls import reverse line inserted in the beginning of the file, e.g.:

from django.urls import reverse

url = reverse('hello-world')

I have heard about ropevim, python-mode VIM plugins, however I have not managed to make them work as I described above.

  • What if another module implements a reverse function as well? Or you want to limit yourself to django?
    – tejasvi88
    Feb 11, 2021 at 12:15
  • A list of import options should be provided to choose from.
    – niekas
    Feb 11, 2021 at 14:23

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You can create a function for that (easier with python :h if_pyth).

# intial setup
import inspect`
potential_modules = ['django', 'sys', 'os']
for module_name in potential_modules:
    exec(f"from {module_name} import *")
def add_import_on_trigger()
    func_name = get_the_word_under_cursor();
    module_name = inspect.getmodule(func_name)
    import_statement = f"from {module_name} import {func_name}"
  • 2
    word under cursor will be expand('<cword>'). Can use vim.eval(). Adding the import statement in the right spot is harder, but something like execute '$?^import\|^from? put ='.import_statement might do it
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Feb 11, 2021 at 17:09

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