Locate a python object (package, module, function, class ...) source file.


pywhereis [-v] [-s] dotted_name...

CMD line Examples

  • The pywhereis script accept a package, module, function or a class

    $ pywhereis shlex
    shlex: /usr/lib/python2.7/shlex.py
    $ pywhereis os.path.abspath
    os.path.abspath: /usr/lib/python2.7/posixpath.py  337
  • You can pass more than one dotted-name to it

    $ pywhereis shlex inspect.ismodule
    shlex: /usr/lib/python2.7/shlex.py
    inspect.ismodule: /usr/lib/python2.7/inspect.py  51
  • If the name is a function, class or method the result will contain the line number where the object is defined

    $ pywhereis unittest.TestCase.assertEqual
    unittest.TestCase.assertEqual: /usr/lib/python2.7/unittest.py  344
  • It will fail localizing object that are not pure python

    $ pywhereis.py sys
  • For more info about why the localization fail you can use the verbose mode

    $ pywhereis -v sys
    sys: Error: <module 'sys' (built-in)> is not pure python.
  • If it's run with -s, --site-packages option the script will check first in site-packages instead of the default which is to check in the current dir first

    $ cd ~ ; touch os.py
    $ pywhereis os
    os: /home/mouad/os.py
    $ pywhereis -s os
    os: /usr/lib/python2.7/os.py

    Note: Option only available for python3.2 and below !

  • For python2.7 and above you can also do

    $ python2.7 -mwhereis subprocess.Popen
    subprocess.Popen: /usr/local/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py 33

    Note: The above will only work if pywhereis was installed in that python version.

  • Of course you can still search in a different python version by running this script using that python

    $ python3.4 $(which pywhereis) html
    html: /usr/local/lib/python3.4/html/__init__.py

Code Examples

This package come also with a python package whereis that can be used like so

>>> import whereis
>>> whereis.resolve('sys')
<module 'sys' (built-in)>
>>> whereis.locate('os')