importing a module from a file without the '.py' suffix

Chris Johns chris at
Fri Oct 22 08:17:10 EDT 2021

The (newer) risc os port does a whole bunch of stuff in importlib to do this, as it natively doesn’t use extensions but file types.

I’m not sure if you could do something similar without modifying importlib and re-freezing it.

Might help. Or not :)



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> On 22 Oct 2021, at 13:02, Rob Cliffe via Python-list <python-list at> wrote:
> As far as I know, it can't be done.
> If I was REALLY desperate I might try (tested)
> import os
> os.rename('myfile.myext', '')
> import myfile
> os.rename('', 'myfile.myext')
> # with appropriate modifications if myfile is not in the current directory
> but this is a horrible solution, subject to race conditions, file permission errors, wrong state after a crash, and probably other problems.
> It could be cleaned up a bit with try ... except, but is still not to be recommended.
> Can you just create a copy of your file with a .py extension?
> Best wishes
> Rob Cliffe
>> On 22/10/2021 12:19, Antoon Pardon wrote:
>> I have a file with python code but the name doesn't end with the '.py' suffix.
>> What is the easiest way to import this code as a module without changing its name?
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