A Vim mapping for opening virtualenv files

Here’s a useful command-mode mapping for Python development:

" ~/.vim/ftplugin/python.vim

function! VirtualEnvSitePackagesFolder()
    " Try a few candidate Pythons to see which this virtualenv uses.
    for python in ["python3.7", "python3.8", "python3.9"]
        let candidate = $VIRTUAL_ENV . "/lib/" . python
        if isdirectory(candidate)
            return candidate . "/site-packages/"
        endif
    endfor

    return ""
endfunction

cnoremap %v <C-R>=VirtualEnvSitePackagesFolder()<cr>

In command-mode, %v will expand to the path of your virtualenv’s site-packages folder in, which makes it easy to quickly open a third-party module.

For example, you type:

:e %v

and it expands to:

:e /Users/jimmy/.virtualenvs/myproject/lib/python3.8/site-packages/

from which it’s easy to open the third-party module you’re interested in.

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