How to get self reference from within a module?

Gary Herron gherron at
Tue Jan 23 00:46:21 CET 2007

Lavoie Érick wrote:
> Hi,
>  i would like to now how to get a self reference from within a 
> module.  The goal is to be able to generate a list of all declared 
> function within the module.
> Thanks,
> Erick
I think this is what you're asking for:

If you import a module, say

  import sys

then sys is an object you can refer to.  Like man objects in Python, you 
can do some ,so called, introspection.  For instance you can ask for the 
list of all the attributes (function, classes, and such) with the vars 

  print vars(sys)

That yields a dictionary of all objects in the module, from which you 
can access and iterate through the names (keys) and values.

If you want more capabilities, you should also look at the inspect module.

Gary Herron

Gary Herron, PhD.
Department of Computer Science
DigiPen Institute of Technology
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