Get a list of functions in a file

Gabriel Genellina gagsl-py2 at
Mon Dec 29 10:51:58 CET 2008

En Mon, 29 Dec 2008 05:26:52 -0200, member Basu <basu at>

> I'm putting some utility functions in a file and then building a simple
> shell interface to them. Is their some way I can automatically get a  
> list of
> all the functions in the file? I could wrap them in a class and then use
> attributes, but I'd rather leave them as simple functions.

Such file is called a "module" in Python. Just import it (I'll use glob as
an example, it's a module in the standard library, look for To
get all names defined inside the module, use the dir() function:

py> import glob
py> dir(glob)
['__all__', '__builtins__', '__doc__', '__file__', '__name__',
'__package__', 'f
nmatch', 'glob', 'glob0', 'glob1', 'has_magic', 'iglob', 'magic_check',
'os', 'r
e', 'sys']

Note that you get the names of all functions defined inside the module
(fnmatch, glob, glob0, has_magic...) but also many other names (like os,
re, sys that are just imported modules, and __all__, __doc__, etc that are
special attributes)
If you are only interested in functions, the best way is to use inspect:

py> import inspect
py> inspect.getmembers(glob, inspect.isfunction)
[('glob', <function glob at 0x00B807B0>), ('glob0', <function glob0 at
0>), ('glob1', <function glob1 at 0x00B80AB0>), ('has_magic', <function
c at 0x00B80B30>), ('iglob', <function iglob at 0x00B80A70>)]

Modules are covered in the Python tutorial here
<> and the inspect module is
documented here <>

Gabriel Genellina

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