Command Line Options

Spyder’s command line options include the following:

-h, --help

Show this help message and exit


Run a new Spyder instance, even if single instance mode is enabled


Reset Spyder settings file to the defaults


Remove all configuration files and reset to defaults!


Optimize Spyder bytecode (may require administrative privileges)


Set the default working directory


Hide parent console window (Windows)


(Deprecated) Does nothing, now the default behavior


Execute the Internal Console in separate thread from the application


Profile mode (internal test, not related to Python profiling)


String to show in the window title, to identify the Spyder instance


Path that contains an Spyder project to open on startup