Choosing a text editor#

Phenopype’s high throughout workflow currently requires a text editor to be installed that does not lock the file (read about file locking here).


Your OS needs to know how to handle .yaml files. Make sure that the default app to open these files is set. Otherwise, phenopype will be unable to open YAML configuration files (this is a common error source).

For Windows, Notepad works. However, I highly recommend Notepad++, which supports syntax highlighting and has many other useful features:

Another popular editor is Atom. Atom works across all platforms:

Regardless which editor you chose, you need to make sure that your OS “knows” how to open “.yaml” files. Check the following: create a file named test.yaml. When you try to open it but nothing happens, you need to select a text editor as the default application for the .yaml file ending.