Getting a module's code object

Arnaud Delobelle arnodel at
Thu Aug 25 16:31:08 CEST 2011

Hi all,

In Python 3, a function f's code object can be accessed via f.__code__.

I'm interested in getting a module's code object, i.e. the code that
is executed when the module is run.  I don't think it's accessible via
the module object itself (although I would be glad if somebody proved
me wrong :).  In the marshal module docs [1] it is mentioned that:

The marshal module exists mainly to support reading and writing the
“pseudo-compiled” code for Python modules of .pyc files.

So it seems that the module's code object is marshalled into the .pyc
file - so there may be a way to unmarshal it - but I can't easily find
information about how to do this.

Is this a good lead, or is there another way to obtained a module's code object?




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