how to find available classes in a file ?

Alex Popescu the.mindstorm.mailinglist at
Tue Jul 17 16:05:17 CEST 2007

On Jul 17, 4:41 am, "Gabriel Genellina" <gagsl-... at>
> En Mon, 16 Jul 2007 20:13:19 -0300, Alex Popescu  
> <the.mindstorm.mailingl... at> escribió:
> > On Jul 17, 1:44 am, Stef Mientki <S.Mientki-nos... at>
> > wrote:
> >> I want to have a (dynamically) list of all classes defined in a py-file.
> >> Is there a way of getting this list, without manually parsing the file ?
> > I have written something that does something like this, but I am not
> > sure it is the pythonic way.
> > Bascially I am loading the module and then using dir() on the module
> > object I am looking for
> > attribute of the type classobj (for old style classes) and type type
> > (for new style classes).
> There is also the pyclbr standard module  
> <> that does not load the  
> module (just reparses enough of it to get the info needed). So a broken  
> import, or any other initialization error, won't hurt.
> > I also heard of the inspect module, but I haven't checked it yet.
> inspect.getmembers(the_module, inspect.isclass) would do. But this  
> requires the module to be importable.
> --
> Gabriel Genellina

I may be wrong but I think I've found a difference between my
dir(module) approach
and the inspect.getmembers(module, inspect.isclass): the first one
returns the
classes defined in the module, while the later also lists the imported

.w( the_mindstorm )p.

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