htmx support in pycharm

Throughout this quick guide, we will see how to add htmx support (documentation and autocompletion) in pycharm.


If you're here, I assume you already know htmx, if not I recommend you check out this excellent introduction to htmx + django by BugBytes. htmx is my front-end tool of choice for building web applications and pycharm from JetBrains my daily code editor / IDE. By default, pycharm doesn't recognize htmx attributes when you use them in your templates, you get an ugly warning line telling you that these attributes are not allowed 🙁. You can right-click on the warning and choose the Add <attribue_name> to custom html attribute option, this will remove the warning and autocomplete the next time you type the same attribute and that's it. It's not particularly useful, but don't worry friend, there's a better way. There is a simple way to add autocompletion and documentation of htmx attributes in your JetBrains editors, and that is via web-types. Web-types is a json based format (written in json) that provides tools like IDEs with metadata information about the content of web component libraries like htmx. I got this tip via this tweet, so thanks to the author for sharing.


First we need to create a package.json file, this is the central configuration file for every nodejs based application. We are not building a nodejs package here but as far as I know, this is the only way to reference our web-types in our project in pycharm. You can easily create this file using a nodejs package manager. You must have nodejs installed on your computer for this to work. If you don't have it installed on your computer, I recommend using nvm to install it. After installing nodejs, you can use npm (included with all nodejs installations) or yarn (must be installed separately) to initialize a nodejs project, which will create the package.json file. I personally use yarn, but it doesn't really matter which one I use.

yarn init -y  


npm init -y  

Create a new file with the name htmx.web-types.json and copy and paste the htmx web-types source into your newly created file:

touch htmx.web-types.json

Finally, add a new entry to your package.json using web-types as the key and the path to your htmx-web-types.json file as the value. Example:

  "web-types": "./htmx.web-types.json"

Now go to one of your HTML templates and try typing an htmx attribute like hx-get, you should get autocompletion and documentation directly accessible in the IDE, neat 😎.