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filehandles is a file handle manager that let you get file handles from different sources.

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The filehandles package is a Python library that facilitates processing of files by removing boilerplate code that you need to write to open files from directories, zip archives, tar archives, URL addresses of files, etc. It also automatically closes open file handle after it has been processed.


The filehandles package runs under Python 2.7 and Python 3.4+. Use pip to install.


python3 -m pip install filehandles


python3 -m pip install filehandles --upgrade


>>> from filehandles import filehandles
>>> for fh in filehandles('path/to/files'):
...     # utilize file handle
...     text = fh.readline()

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