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Python configuration library that provides pleasant configuration definition and access interface, and it reads unrestricted python configuration file.

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confect is a Python configuration library with the following features.

  • A unified and pleasant configuration definition and access interface
  • Immutable conf object for reducing the possibility of making errors
  • Configuration file written in Python. This makes it possible to dynamically handle complicated logic in the configuration file or read other TOML/YMAL/JSON files and even environment variables in it.

Basic Usage

Calling conf = confect.Conf() creates a new configuration manager object. All configuration properties reside in it and are accessable through get attribute like this conf.group_name.prop_name. It is possible to create multiple Conf objects, but normally we don’t need it. In most cases, initialize only one Conf object in some module, then import and use it anywhere in your application.

Put following lines in your application package. For example, in or

from confect import conf
conf = Conf()

Configuration properties should be declared before using it. Use Conf.declare_group(group_name) context manager to declare a configuration group and all properties under it. It’s nessasery to provide a default value for each properties. Default values can be any type as long as the value can be deepcopy. Group names shuold be valid attribute names.

Put your configuration group declaration code in modules where you need those properties. And make sure that the declaration is before all the lines that access these properties. Normally, the group name is your class name, module name or subpackage name.

from your_package import conf
with conf.declare_group('yummy') as yummy:
    yummy.kind = 'seafood' = 'fish'
    yummy.weight = 10

def print_yummy():
    print(f'{yummy.kind} {} {yummy.weight}')

class Yummy:
    yummy_conf = conf.yummy

    def get_yummy(self):
        if self.yummy_conf.kind == 'seafood':

Configuration properties and groups are immutable. They can only be globally changed by loading configuration files. Otherwise, they are always default values.

>>> = 'octopus'
Traceback (most recent call last):
confect.error.FrozenConfPropError: Configuration properties are frozen.

Configuration File

Use Conf.load_conf_file(path) or Conf.load_conf_module(module_name) to load configuration files. No matter it is loaded before or after groups/properties declaration, property values in configuration file always override default values. Loading multiple files is possible, the latter one would replace old values.

Be aware, you should access your configuration properties after load configuration files. If not, you might get wrong/default value. Therefore, we usually load configure file right after initilize the Conf, and before loading all other modules that might access this Conf object.

For instance, have the following code in your_package/, and from your_package.core import conf in other module.

import sys
from confect import Conf
conf = Conf()
if len(sys.argv) == 2:

The default configuration file is in Python. That makes your configuration file programmable and unrestricted. In configuration file, import confect.c object and set all properties on it. Here’s an example of configuration file.

from confect import c

c.yummy.kind = 'poultry' = 'chicken'
c.yummy.weight = 25

import os
c.cache.expire = 60 * 60 # one hour
c.cache.key = os.environ['CACHE_KEY']

DEBUG = True
    c.cache.disable = True

import json
with open('secret.json') as f:
    secret = json.load(f)

c.secret.key = secret['key']
c.secret.token = secret['token']

The c object only exits when loading a python configuration file, it’s not possible to import it in your source code. You can set any property in any configuration group onto the c object. However, they are only accessable if you declared it in the source code with Conf.declare_group(group_name).

If it’s hard for you to specify the path of configuration file. You can load it through the import system of Python. Put your configuration file somewhere under your package or make PYTHONPATH pointing to the directory it resides. Then load it with Conf.load_conf_module(module_name).

$ edit
$ export PYTHONPATH=.
$ python
from confect import Conf
conf = Conf()

Local Environment

Conf.local_env() context manager creates an environment that makes Conf object temporarily mutable. All changes would be restored when it leaves the block. It is usaful on writing test case or testing configuration properties in Python REPL.

>>> conf = Conf()
>>> conf.declare_group('dummy', prop1=3, prop2='some string') # declare group through keyword arguments
>>> with conf.local_env():
...     conf.dummy.prop1 = 5
...     print(conf.dummy.prop1)
...     call_some_function_use_this_property()
>>> print(conf.dummy.prop1)  # all configuration restored


  • Utility functions for loading dictionary into ConfDepotGroup
  • Override properties through command line arguments or environment variables

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