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ezcf stands for easy configuration, it allows you to import JSON/YAML/INI/XML like .py files. It is useful whenever you need to read from these formats, especially for reading configuration files.

OK, stop talking, show us some code!

On the left is what you'll normally do, on the right is the ezcf way.
All you need is import ezcf first, then import filename without extension. Nothing else!

For instance, here we want to load file config.json. With a single line of code from config import *, everything is done and you're happy.


pip install ezcf

If you run into error: yaml.h: No such file or directory, don't worry, you can still use ezcf without any problem.

Supported File Types

ezcf supports JSON, YAML, INI and XML with extension json, yaml, yml, ini, xml.

Sample Usage

Let's start with an easy case:

└── sample1.json and sample1.json are in the same directory. We want to read sample1.json in, here's how:

# sample1.json
    "hello": "world"

import ezcf
from sample1 import hello

print(hello)  # 'world'

It's that easy.

That's cool, but we usually put config files in a separate folder. Can ezcf deal with that?
├── conf
│   ├──
│   └── sample2.yaml

Why not?

Time: 2001-11-23 15:02:31 -5
User: ed
  This is a warning.
  - file:
    line: 23
    code: |
      x = MoreObject("345\n")
  - file:
    line: 58
    code: |-
      foo = bar

import ezcf
from conf.sample2 import Time, User, warning, Stack

Time  # datetime.datetime(2001, 11, 23, 20, 2, 31)
User  # ed
warning  # This is a warning.
Stack  # [{'line': 23, 'code': 'x = MoreObject("345\\n")\n', 'file': ''}, {'line': 58, 'code': 'foo = bar', 'file': ''}]

ezcf supports all kinds of valid import statements. These statements are equivalent:

from conf.sample2 import Time, User, warning, Stack
from conf.sample2 import *
import conf.sample2  # then use conf.sample2.Time/User/warning/Stack
import conf.sample2 as cs  # then use cs.Time/User/warning/Stack

In a word, you can assume they're just regular python files.(Currently ezcf only supports files with utf-8 encoding)

What about relative import? Yes, ezcf supports relative import, as long as you use it correctly.


  1. Be careful importing YAML which contains multiple documents: if there exists keys with the same name, only one of them will be loaded. So it's better not to use multiple documents;
  2. All values in .ini files are kept as it is and loaded as a string;
  3. Since XML only allows single root, the whole xml will be loaded as one dict with root's name as variable name;
  4. Use valid variable names, this means key strings in JSON/YAML/INI/XML should be valid Python variable name. Invalid variable name won't do any harm to your program nor will it crash, but you can't use them as expected.

Run Tests

python test


  • Use dot to seperate folder/subfolder/file
  • Unicode support
  • JSON support
  • YAML support
  • INI support
  • XML support
  • Auto encoding detect?
  • CI
  • coverage
  • pypi