money data type

Stephan Diehl stephan.diehl at
Mon Jun 9 19:02:01 CEST 2008

Lie wrote:

> On Jun 9, 10:22 pm, Stephan Diehl <stephan.di... at> wrote:
>> Hi lazyweb,
>> I'm wondering, if there is a usable money data type for python available.
>> A quick search in pypi and google didn't convey anything, even though the
>> decimal data type seemed to be planned as a money data type originaly.
>> Thanks for any pointers
>> Stephan
> What is it that you feel is lacking in the decimal datatype that makes
> you feel you require a money datatype?
> Decimal datatype was a general purpose fixed-point number, which is
> usually the behavior required for money calculation, but it's not
> named 'money' because this behavior isn't only useful for money
> calculation, so they don't name it money.

I'm actually quite sure that the decimal data type will be sufficient for
what I plan to do, but in a general setting, one would need currency
support, maybe different rounding rules for different currencies, exchange
rates, etc. 

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