importlib: what is it, and why is it important?

Benjamin Peterson benjamin at
Sun Feb 1 05:08:24 CET 2009

excord80 <excord80 <at>> writes:

> Regarding this blog post:

Brett has made many other blog posts about his work on importlib. You might try
examining those.

> So, could someone explain what importlib exactly is, and why this new
> version that will be in Python 3.1 is significant? Will the import
> statement work differently in 3.1, and if so, in what way?

Basically importlib is all of the complicated logic in the import statment
written in Python. The point is to make importing more extensible and easier to

The behavior of the import statement shouldn't be any different or that is a bug.

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