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Easy configuration of arguments in a python code!

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This is the repository for the package CONFIGER helps with easy configuration of arguments in a python code.


When Python programs grow large, one would eventually need a way to load configurations through a file. The common answer to this would by Python's ConfigParser. But at least I find the result of using ConfigParse an ugly code:

import ConfigParser
Config = ConfigParser.ConfigParser()"c:\\tomorrow.ini")
Config.get(section, option)

That's why I packaged my solution to this issue. Configer basically gives you a flattened ConfigParser with extra functionality:

  • dot-access of values in the settings file
  • dump settings to a file for later use
  • add different settings while choosing to overload previous one.


This package is written for Python 2.7. The only dependency is configparser and will be installed automatically by the


In the root directory, type in

pip install .


Overall Configer will be a sleek way to disentangle settings away from the mechanics. An exact copy of the above code will be:

from configer import Configer
Config = Configer(default_ps_fname='c:\\tomorrow.ini')

Note that you don't have sections anymore and you can access an option with a dot-access approach.

Other use cases would be:

  1. Loading default settings

    default_ps_fname = 'pyconfiger/Configer/test/sample_settings.ini'
    ps = Configer(default_ps_fname=default_ps_fname)
    print(ps.status) # None
  2. Loading default settings while adding new arguments

    ps = Configer(default_ps_fname=default_ps_fname, status=False)
    print(ps.status) # False
    ps.status = True
    print(ps.status) # True
    ps.new_status = True
    print(ps.new_status) # True
  3. Loading default settings while initializing with a dictionary of arguments

    ps = Configer(default_ps_fname=default_ps_fname, status=False,**{'somethings': [1.0, 2.0]})
    print(ps.somethings) # [1.0, 2.0]
  4. Adding and overloading with a second Configer instance

    ps1 = Configer(status=False)
    ps2 = Configer(status=True, othersetting = 'this')
    ps3 = ps1 + ps2
    print(ps3.status) # False
    print(ps3.othersetting) # 'this'
    ps4 = ps1.overload(ps2)
    print(ps4.status) # True
  5. Dumping current Configer instance as an .ini file

    ps = Configer(default_ps_fname=default_ps_fname, status=False)
    print(ps.status) # False
    ps.dump_settings(fname='~/settings.ini') # saves the settings to the specified file


To run the tests, type in in the root directory:

python -m unittest discover




Nima Ghorbani,

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