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How to Enable Method Autocompletion for OpenCV

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In Python, some packages are written mainly or partially in C++, and the Python interfaces are just wrappers around the binary C++ module. Among these packages, there is OpenCV.

When I use python-lsp-server or pyright with Neovim1, I can not get method completion for the OpenCV package. This is because the OpenCV projects is developed using C++ and does not have stub files2 shipped yet.

Using stub file from project python-type-stubs

Fortunately, the project python-type-stubs provides stub files for several projects including OpenCV. To use the stub file, first find where OpenCV is installed on your system:

python -c 'import os, cv2; print(os.path.dirname(cv2.__file__))'

Then download the stub file and put it in the same directory as OpenCV.

curl -sSL \
    -o path/to/opencv/directory/__init__.pyi

Then restart nvim, the auto-completion for OpenCV should work as expected.

Using stubgen

We can also use stubgen to generate the stub files, like this:

# stubgen is installed via mypy package
pip install -U mypy

stubgen -m cv2

The stub file will be saved under the out/ directory. However, the stub file generated by stubgen lacks doc and is not as good as stub file provided by project python-type-stubs.

For more info on using stubgen, visit its page.



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