Getting module path string from a class instance

Some Developer someukdeveloper at
Tue Nov 13 08:54:32 CET 2012

On 13/11/2012 07:19, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:38:31 +0000, Some Developer wrote:
>> I'm trying to find a way to get a string of the module path of a class.
>> So for instance say I have class Foo and it is in a module called
>> my.module. I want to be able to get a string that is equal to this:
>> "my.module.Foo". I'm aware of the __repr__ method but it does not do
>> what I want it to do in this case.
>> Can anyone offer any advice at all?
> py> from multiprocessing.pool import Pool
> py> repr(Pool)
> "<class 'multiprocessing.pool.Pool'>"
> Seems pretty close to what you ask for. You can either pull that string
> apart:
> py> s = repr(Pool)
> py> start = s.find("'")
> py> end = s.rfind("'")
> py> s[start+1:end]
> 'multiprocessing.pool.Pool'
> or you can construct it yourself:
> py> Pool.__module__ + '.' + Pool.__name__
> 'multiprocessing.pool.Pool'
Yeah I considered doing it this way but was wary of that method because 
of possible changes to the implementation of the __repr__ method in the 
upstream code. If the Django developers don't consider the __repr__ 
method a public API then it could change in the future breaking my code.

Of course this might not happen but I was hoping that there was a more 
generic way of doing it that did not rely on a certain implementation 
being in existence.

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