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Minimalist wrapper around Stanford OpenIE

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Python3 wrapper for Stanford OpenIE

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Supports the latest CoreNLP library 4.5.3 (2023-03-10).

Open information extraction (open IE) refers to the extraction of structured relation triples from plain text, such that the schema for these relations does not need to be specified in advance. For example, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii would create a triple (Barack Obama; was born in; Hawaii), corresponding to the open domain relation "was born in". CoreNLP is a Java implementation of an open IE system as described in the paper:

More information can be found here. The OpenIE library is only available in english.


You need python3 and Java (JRE) installed. Java is used by the CoreNLP library.

pip install stanford_openie


from openie import StanfordOpenIE

# Default value of openie.affinity_probability_cap was 1/3.
properties = {
    'openie.affinity_probability_cap': 2 / 3,

with StanfordOpenIE(properties=properties) as client:
    text = 'Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Richard Manning wrote this sentence.'
    print('Text: %s.' % text)
    for triple in client.annotate(text):
        print('|-', triple)

    graph_image = 'graph.png'
    client.generate_graphviz_graph(text, graph_image)
    print('Graph generated: %s.' % graph_image)

    with open('corpus/pg6130.txt', encoding='utf8') as r:
        corpus ='\n', ' ').replace('\r', '')

    triples_corpus = client.annotate(corpus[0:5000])
    print('Corpus: %s [...].' % corpus[0:80])
    print('Found %s triples in the corpus.' % len(triples_corpus))
    for triple in triples_corpus[:3]:
        print('|-', triple)

Expected output

|- {'subject': 'Barack Obama', 'relation': 'was', 'object': 'born'}
|- {'subject': 'Barack Obama', 'relation': 'was born in', 'object': 'Hawaii'}
|- {'subject': 'Richard Manning', 'relation': 'wrote', 'object': 'sentence'}
Graph generated: graph.png.
Corpus: According to this document, the city of Cumae in Ćolia, was, at an early period [...].
Found 1664 triples in the corpus.
|- {'subject': 'city', 'relation': 'is in', 'object': 'Ćolia'}
|- {'subject': 'Menapolus', 'relation': 'son of', 'object': 'Ithagenes'}
|- {'subject': 'Menapolus', 'relation': 'was Among', 'object': 'immigrants'}

It will generate a GraphViz DOT in graph.png:

Note: Make sure GraphViz is installed beforehand. Try to run the dot command to see if this is the case. If not, run sudo apt-get install graphviz if you're running on Ubuntu.



  author = {Philippe Remy},
  title = {Python wrapper for Stanford OpenIE},
  year = {2020},
  publisher = {GitHub},
  journal = {GitHub repository},
  howpublished = {\url{}},


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