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Given the name of a comuna in Chile, it returns its code

Project Description


Very simple package that, given the name of a comuna from Chile, returns its code


Each comuna in Chile has a unique code that makes easier to map them to different attributes (e.g. choropleth). Since I was going through the hassle of doing it each time I had a new project, I decided to build a very simple tool that could automate the task. I hope this can be of use to other developers / civic-hackers.

I added a fuzzy version for cases where there was no exact match.


  • Given a comuna name, it returns its code, taking care of special characters, uppercases and lowercases.
  • If it doesn’t find an exact match, it prints that and returns None
  • A fuzzy function returns the best match (uses fuzzywuzzy)
  • You can specify to print the score of the fuzzy match
  • You can specify a threshold above which it should return a match and below which it shouldn’t.
  • There is a function that tries the exact match and if it doesn’t find it, it goes to the fuzzy version.
  • The list of comunas-code is a simple CSV file for easier edition.
  • If you want some comuna name version added to the csv file, just contact me and I’ll add them right away.


pip3 install clcomuna


  • fuzzywuzzy
  • Python3.3+


>>> import clcomuna

(If there is a warning, ignore it. It comes with the dependency)


>>> clcomuna.get_code("peumo")

get_fuzzy: returns name, not code

>>> clcomuna.get_fuzzy("alragobo")
>>> clcomuna.get_fuzzy("alragobo", True)
>>> clcomuna.get_fuzzy("alragobo", True, 72)
Score lower than minimum threshold for comuna: ALRAGOBO - ALGARROBO

The optional second parameter True prints the found comuna and the score. The optional third parameter int stablishes a threshold for the function to return the best name match


>>> clcomuna.get_steps("alragobo")
Could not find code for:  ALRAGOBO
>>> clcomuna.get_steps("alragobo", False, 74)
Score lower than minimum threshold for comuna: ALRAGOBO - ALGARROBO

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