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Mypy plugin and stubs for SQLAlchemy

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This package contains type stubs and a mypy plugin to provide more precise static types and type inference for SQLAlchemy framework. SQLAlchemy uses some Python "magic" that makes having precise types for some code patterns problematic. This is why we need to accompany the stubs with mypy plugins. The final goal is to be able to get precise types for most common patterns. Currently, basic operations with models are supported. A simple example:

from sqlalchemy.ext.declarative import declarative_base
from sqlalchemy import Column, Integer, String

Base = declarative_base()

class User(Base):
    __tablename__ = 'users'
    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    name = Column(String)

user = User(id=42, name=42)  # Error: Incompatible type for "name" of "User"
                             # (got "int", expected "Optional[str]")  # Inferred type is "int"  # Inferred type is "Column[Optional[str]]"

Some auto-generated attributes are added to models. Simple relationships are supported but require models to be imported:

from typing import TYPE_CHECKING
    from models.address import Address


class User(Base):
    __tablename__ = 'users'
    id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True)
    name = Column(String)
    address = relationship('Address')  # OK, mypy understands string references.

The next step is to support precise types for table definitions (e.g. inferring Column[Optional[str]] for, currently it is just Column[Any]), and precise types for results of queries made using query() and select().


Install latest published version as:

pip install -U sqlalchemy-stubs

Important: you need to enable the plugin in your mypy config file:

plugins = sqlmypy

To install the development version of the package:

git clone
cd sqlalchemy-stubs
pip install -U .

Development Setup

First, clone the repo and cd into it, like in Installation, then:

git submodule update --init --recursive
pip install -r dev-requirements.txt

Then, to run the tests, simply:


Development status

The package is currently in alpha stage. See issue tracker for bugs and missing features. If you want to contribute, a good place to start is help-wanted label.

Currently, some basic use cases like inferring model field types are supported. The long term goal is to be able to infer types for more complex situations like correctly inferring columns in most compound queries.

External contributions to the project should be subject to Dropbox Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

Copyright (c) 2018 Dropbox, Inc.