configmanager 1.6.1 2017-05-22 ✔ PY2 ✔ PY3

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Self-conscious items of configuration in Python

AuthorJazeps Basko

Interface Status

This is being actively tested before the public interface gets finalised. Code reviewers welcome!

Public methods of Config and Item classes that don’t start with cm__ aren’t expected to change.


  • Manager of configuration items when they have to be more than just key-value pairs.
  • Configuration is organised into sections which contain items and other sections.
  • Every configuration item is an object which knows its type, default value, custom value, the section it has been added to, whether it is required.
  • Configuration item and section classes are designed for extension: easy to implement things like value override via environment variables, command-line prompt message to ask for a missing value, custom type conversions, etc.
  • INI format (ConfigParser) supported
  • JSON format supported
  • YAML format supported
  • Easy to add any other dictionary-like format support

Quick Tour

More documentation at

from configmanager import Config, Item

# Declare defaults (or load from a file)
config = Config({
    'uploads': {
        'threads': 1,  # type will be set to int
        'tmp_dir': Item(required=True),

# Load customisation
>>> config.uploads.threads.value = '5'  # attribute-based access to any section or item, type conversion
>>> config.uploads.threads.value
>>> config['uploads']['threads'].value  # key-based access is fine too

>>> config.uploads.tmp_dir.has_value
>>> config.uploads.tmp_dir.get('/tmp')  # when an item has no default and you want to supply a fallback
>>> config.uploads.tmp_dir.set('/tmp/uploads')  # if there is a get, there must be set!
>>> config.uploads.tmp_dir.default
>>> config.uploads.tmp_dir.is_default

>>> config.to_dict()
    'uploads': {
        'threads': 5,
        'tmp_dir': '/tmp/uploads',
>>> config.reset()
>>> config.to_dict()

>>> config.uploads.read_dict({'threads': '2'})
>>> config.uploads.to_dict(with_defaults=False)
{'threads': 2}

>>> config.to_dict(with_defaults=False)
    'uploads': {
        'threads': 2

>>> config.uploads.db = Config({'user': 'root'})
>>> config.uploads.db.user.value

>>> new_config = Config({'legacy': config})
>>> new_config.legacy.uploads.db.user.value