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Make Python apps fast.

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Make Python tools fast.

# app/
import slow_module
import has_lots_of_dependencies

def cli():
    print('hello world')
    # Finally get to work after everything is loaded.

# app/
from quicken import cli_factory

def main():
    from .cli import cli
    return cli

That's it! The first time main() is invoked a server will be created and stay up even after the process finishes. When another process starts up it will request the server to execute cli instead of reloading all modules (and dependencies) from disk.

If python -c '' takes 10ms, this module takes around 40ms. That's how fast your command-line apps can start every time (after the first 😉).


Python command-line tools are slow. We can reduce dependencies, do lazy importing, and do little/no work at the module level but these can only go so far.

Our goal is to speed up the cli without giving up any dependencies. Every Python CLI tool should be able to get to work in less than 100ms.


  • Be as fast as possible when invoked as a client, be pretty fast when invoked and we need to start a server.


  • Unix only.
  • Debugging may be less obvious for end users or contributors.
  • Daemon will not automatically have updated gid list if user was modified.
  • Access to the socket file implies access to the daemon (and the associated command that it would run if asked).


  • Profile import time with -X importtime, see if your startup is actually the problem. If it's not then this package will not help you.
  • Distribute your package as a wheel. When wheels are installed they create scripts that do not import pkg_resources, which can save 60ms+ depending on disk speed and caching.

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