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Development library for quickly writing configurable applications and daemons

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Helper is a development library for quickly writing configurable applications and daemons.

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Platforms Supported

Python 2.6+, 3.2+ on Unix (POSIX) and Windows (in process) platforms.



  • pyyaml
  • argparse (Python 2.6 only)
  • logutils (Python 2.6 only)


  • mock
  • unittest2 (Python 2.6 only)


Documentation is available at


helper is available as a package from for development purposes. Normally, helper would be installed as a dependency from another application or package.


  • 2.4.2 - 2016-11-07
    • Allow for ‘root’ section in logging config
    • Import reduce from functools to suport Python 3
  • 2.4.1 - 2013-03-14
    • Fix fchmod literal call in Python 3
  • 2.4.0
    • Better startup exception reporting, improved pidfile ownership handling, new run_helper command
  • 2.3.0
    • umask fix
  • 2.2.2
    • Minor fix for README.rst
  • 2.2.2
    • Minor fix for README.rst
  • 2.2.1
    • Minor fix for version number.
  • 2.2.0
    • Add new attribute to describe operating system and environment to Controller and helper.unix,
  • 2.1.1
    • Bugfix for dealing with stale pids
  • 2.1.0
    • Bugfixes: Use pidfile from configuration if specified, don’t show warning about not having a logger in helper.unix if no logger is defined, config obj default/value assignment methodology
  • 2.0.2
    • Fix a bug where wake_interval default was not used if wake_interval was not provided in the config. Make logging config an overlay of the default logging config.
  • 2.0.1
    • bugfix
  • 2.0.0
    • clihelper renamed to helper with major refactoring, Windows support still a work in progress.

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