1. Ronny Pfannschmidt
  2. iniconfig


iniconfig: brain-dead simple parsing of ini files

iniconfig is a small and simple INI-file parser module having a unique set of features:

  • tested against Python2.4 across to Python3.2, Jython, PyPy
  • maintains order of sections and entries
  • supports multi-line values with or without line-continuations
  • supports "#" comments everywhere
  • raises errors with proper line-numbers
  • no bells and whistles like automatic substitutions
  • iniconfig raises an Error if two sections have the same name.

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Basic Example

If you have an ini file like this:

# content of example.ini
[section1] # comment
name1=value1  # comment
name1b=value1,value2  # comment


then you can do:

>>> import iniconfig
>>> ini = iniconfig.IniConfig("example.ini")
>>> ini['section1']['name1'] # raises KeyError if not exists
>>> ini.get('section1', 'name1b', [], lambda x: x.split(","))
['value1', 'value2']
>>> ini.get('section1', 'notexist', [], lambda x: x.split(","))
>>> [x.name for x in list(ini)]
['section1', 'section2']
>>> list(list(ini)[0].items())
[('name1', 'value1'), ('name1b', 'value1,value2')]
>>> 'section1' in ini
>>> 'inexistendsection' in ini