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PEP487 - Simpler customisation of class creation

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This is a backport of PEP487’s simpler customisation of class creation by Martin Teichmann <> for Python versions before 3.6.

PEP487 is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Subclass init

>>> from pep487 import PEP487Object
>>> class FooBase(PEP487Object):
...     foos = set()
...     def __init_subclass__(cls, **kwargs):
...         cls.foos.add(cls.__name__)

Using PEP487Object as base class all subclasses of FooBase will add their name to the common class variable ‘foos’.

>>> class Foo1(FooBase):
...     pass
>>> class Foo2(FooBase):
...     pass


>>> FooBase.foos
{'Foo1', 'Foo2'}

Property names and owner

If a class object has a method __set_name__ upon declaration of an PEP487Object class, it will be called:

>>> class NamedProperty:
...     def __set_name__(self, owner, name):
...         self.context = owner
... = name
>>> class Bar(PEP487Object):
...     foo = NamedProperty()
...     bar = NamedProperty()


>>> is 'foo' and is Bar
>>> is 'bar' and is Bar

Abstract base classes

Since PEP487Object has a custom metaclass, it is incompatible to abc.ABC. Therefore pep487 contains patched versions of ABC and ABCMeta.

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