I have installed jedi-vim using Vundle, adding this line to my .vimrc and running :PluginInstall.

Plugin 'davidhalter/jedi-vim'

The jedi-vim docs say I can install jedi using git submodule update --init from within the jedi-vim git repo. I've tried that and exits right away (maybe Vundle took care of the submodule for me).

In .vim/bundle/jedi-vim I have a jedi directory and a jedi_vim.py file. I can load python3 and import jedi from that directory with no problem.

I've also tried installing jedi with pip3 install jedi and apt-get install python3-jedi.

vim --version shows -python and +python3.

No matter what I do, when I open a python file, Vim says:

Please install Jedi if you want to use jedi-vim.

Hey Vim, I've installed it three different ways! What's going on?

  • 3
    This seems to be a common problem Commented May 27, 2015 at 18:06
  • @Carpetsmoker that's a good one
    – drs
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 19:37
  • I'm going to assume that you are using Python 3. Can you check that vim is using Python 3 and not 2? Commented May 28, 2015 at 14:27
  • @Sardathrion, you mean by looking at vim --version?
    – drs
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 14:42
  • The code which causes this error in jedi_vim.py is fairly straightforward: try: import jedi except ImportError: no_jedi_warning() ... Perhaps your sys.path is incorrect? Using :py print(sys.path) on my systems reveals that it includes '/home/martin/.vim/plugged/jedi-vim' and '_vim_path_'... I would guess the first one is required for vim-jedi to work (?) It seems the jedi path is added in initialize.py. Commented May 28, 2015 at 15:15

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It turns out I had a compiled version of python in /usr/local that I had completely forgotten about, and vim was compiled against that one. I verified this by using :py print(sys.path), which showed directories under /usr/local. I removed the compiled version of python and recompiled vim against the standard version, and all is well.

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