How to write python plug-ins for your own python program?

Terry Hancock hancock at
Thu Mar 3 10:27:05 CET 2005

On Wednesday 02 March 2005 11:28 pm, Tian wrote:
> I am writing an audio game using Python. in this game you can apply
> some sound effects for the clips you have recorded. I want to make this
> function extensible. I want user to be able to add new sound effect
> plug-ins in the future.
> I want the plug-in to be a simple python code (text file) and a
> description file. I will set some rules for plug-in writing (like you
> must inherit some class and implement some method). I hope plugin can
> be added while original program is running. Is there any good method to
> read in python code and test availability and invoke the functions
> inside?

It's not hard to scrape the contents of a directory and import any modules
you find (i.e. to implement a "plugin directory").  I do it here (beware line-wrap):

You might not want to have the reading code in the same directory as the
plugins -- you don't have to do it that way.  Take a look at the __import__()
built-in in the Python Library Reference for more information.

I'm sure it's possible to run this code periodically at runtime, although I
prefer to do it only at startup (what if one of the plugins is faulty and
crashes the program?).


Terry Hancock ( hancock at )
Anansi Spaceworks

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