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TOML parser for Erlang

toml is an Erlang library application for parsing TOML configuration language. It supports parsing 0.4.0 version of the TOML specification.

Since TOML is a format for configuration files instead of general purpose serialization, toml library focuses on reading the configuration parameters.

toml:parse/2 and toml:read_file/2 allow user to provide a validation callback, which can check correctness of a value (e.g. if a listen address in listen="host:port" has proper format) and even convert such values to a usable Erlang data structure. All this happens at the time of reading a configuration file, so any errors can be rejected in uniform manner.

In smaller scale, toml:get_value/3 returns values as tuples tagged with value type. This allows to fail early and with clear error on an obviously invalid parameter:

# [spool]
# directory = 1024
{string, SpoolDir} = toml:get_value(["spool"], "directory", Config).

Configuration usually consists of flags and parameters and not of complex, nested data structures, so toml leans towards simple sections (or tables, how TOML calls them) and simple access to values in them. Still, all the TOML specification is supported, so nested structures are available.

Usage example

Let's assume an input file called config.toml has following content:

lipsum = "lorem ipsum dolor sit amet"

count = 2

has_some = true

Configuration from this file can be retrieved in following manner:

{ok, Config} = toml:read_file("config.toml").
{string, Val1} = toml:get_value([], "lipsum", Config).
{integer, Val2} = toml:get_value(["apples"], "count", Config).
{boolean, Val3} = toml:get_value(["berry", "black"], "has_some", Config).
none = toml:get_value([], "oranges", Config).


toml is documented using EDoc. A local copy is generated with make doc command to ./doc/ directory. An already generated online copy is available at

Known limitations

  • Types conveying time only store 1s precision (fraction of a second is truncated)

Contact and License

toml library is written by Stanislaw Klekot . The primary distribution point is

toml library is distributed under 3-clause BSD license. See COPYING file for details.