Importing a module, using a variable name?

Just van Rossum just at
Fri Mar 10 13:36:28 CET 2000

Anthony J Wilkinson wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Mar 2000, Benjamin Schollnick wrote:
> >       Is it possible to import a module, via a variable?  I've tried it
> [...]
> >               module_to_import = "test"
> >               import module_to_import
> Try:
> module_to_import = 'sys'
> evalstr = 'import ' + module_to_import
> exec(evalstr)

In my opinion, the following idiom is nicer:

a_module = __import__("sys")

It's not quite the same, since it doesn't the module won't become
visible as "sys" but as "a_module", but in my experience that's usually
no problem (often it's even preferable) when you're importing modules

Minor nit: exec is a statement, therefore you can (and should) write
  exec evalstr
instead of 


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