How to use the Copilot

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Kite ships with a Copilot you can use to look up information while you code, saving you time and distractions from a typical browser search. 

Learn about the Kite Copilot and how to use it below.

Searching for information

Manual search

Search for Python expressions using the search bar. The Copilot will autocomplete search suggestions for you based on the most popular search terms that match your query.

You can use the arrow keys and enter to navigate the search results. You can also select search results using the mouse.

Autosearch with docs following cursor

The Copilot can also automatically search for information as you code. It does this using the current position of your cursor in the editor. To enable this feature, click on the “Click for docs to follow cursor” button to the right of the search bar.

You can click on the same button to toggle the option off/on afterwards.

Note: Autosearch only works when your code is completely indexed, which may take several minutes if you are running Kite for the first time. Kite displays a status symbol while indexing, but this varies by editor. Refer to our editor integration guides to learn more about checking Kite's indexing status (e.g. Using the PyCharm & IntelliJ plugin, Using the VS Code plugin, etc.).

Top window setting

Reduce window switching by setting the Copilot to be your top window. 

Click on the "Settings" icon in the bottom right corner of the Copilot. Next, check the checkbox that says "Set your Copilot to always be your top window". You can toggle this setting as needed.
While the Copilot window is open, it will remain atop any other windows. We recommend minimizing the Copilot when not in use to ensure it returns to the same position you left it in.


The Copilot shows several pieces of information about an expression.

Title (1)

This is the full name of the identifier, as well as the type of the value the identifier refers to. You may also navigate through the history of viewed identifiers using the arrow icons on the very right.

Type specific information (2)

The information displayed here depends on the type of the expression. In the example above, since json.dumps is a function, this area will display the function signature as well as popular calling patterns. If the expression refers to a module, we show the top members of that module.

Likewise, if the expression refers to a type, the dashboard will show the top attributes of the type.

Documentation (3)

The dashboard will also show documentation for the expression if available.

Code examples (4)

The dashboard will also show curated code examples for the expression, if available. You can click on the title of a code example to see the example in its entirety, as well as other related code examples.

Known issues

There are a number of known issues with the Copilot that we're working to fix:

  • Manual searching currently only works for identifiers from 3rd party packages (as opposed to identifiers defined in your own codebase)
  • There is currently no way to list all the code examples related to an identifier
  • Closing the Copilot clears your search result. We recommend minimizing instead for the time being.

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