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We have variants of Python that can use Python libs: welcome to Dogelang, Mochi, Hy, Coconut and Hask.

We can also have languages that target the Python platform without being necessarily compatible with Python, and domain-specific languages.

For more ressources related to functional programming in Python, see the Awesome Functional Python list.

Variants of Python. They can use Python libs.

The following languages can make use of the Python libraries.

Dg - it's a Python ! No, it's a Haskell !


v1 ? yes, april 2015
created june, 2012
  • compiles to CPython 3.4. Dg is an alternative syntax to Python 3.
  • compatible with all the libraries
  • runs on PyPy (Got to wait for a JIT-enabled PyPy 3.3 first, though.)

Language features

  • function calls without parenthesis:
print "wow" "two lines" sep: "\n"
  • reverse pipe operator:
print $ "> {}: {}".format "Karkat" "Reference something other than Doge"
  • pipe and reverse pipe (on the same line, unlike Mochi)
print <| 'What' + 'ever.' : 'This is the same thing ' + 'in a different direction.' |> print
  • function notation (arrow -> notation)
function = arg1 arg2 -> : print (arg1.replace "Do " "Did ") arg2 sep: ", " end: ".\n"
function "Do something" "dammit"
  • infix notation (with backticks)
  • function composition (with <-)
  • first class operators
f = (+)
f 1 2 == 3
  • partial application (and bind is functools.partial)
f = (2 *)
f 10 == 20
  • new functional builtins: foldl and foldl1, scanl, flip, takewhile and dropwhile (from itertools), take and drop, iterate, head and fst, tail, snd, last and init.

  • decorators don't need special syntax, they're just called with a function

    wtf = the~decorator~ $ ->


    pip3 install git+<>



Pygments support.

Example projects

dogeweb , a functional web framework atop asyncio

Hy - A dialect of Lisp that's embedded in Python

v1 ? no
created december, 2012
online REPL
discuss google group
IRC hy on freenode
  • Hy compiles to Python bytecode (AST)
  • Hy can use python libraries, and we can import a Hy module into a Python program.

Language features

  • it's python: context managers, named and keyword arguments, list comprehensions,...
  • macros, reader macros
  • threading macros (like Clojure), with -> and ->> (similar to pipes)
(-> (read) (eval) (print) (loop))
(import [sh [cat grep wc]])
(-> (cat "/usr/share/dict/words") (grep "-E" "^hy") (wc "-l"))  ; => 210
(require hy.contrib.anaphoric)
(list (ap-map (* it 2) [1 2 3]))  ; => [2, 4, 6]
  • fraction literal (like Clojure)
  • unicode support (I mean for symbols)
  • pattern matching (in libraries, like Hyskell)
  • monads (in libraries, like Hymn)


    pip install hy


All lisp modes for any editor

Example projects

Github trending
Live coding Blender

Good reads

How Hy backported "yield from" to Python 2

Mochi - Dynamically typed programming language for functional programming and actor-style programming

doc many examples
v1 ? no
created v0.1 on december, 2014
  • translates to Python3's AST/bytecode

Language features

  • Python-like syntax
  • pipeline operator (multiline ok)
range(1, 31)
|> map(fizzbuzz)
|> pvector()
|> print()
  • tail-recursion optimization (self tail recursion only)
  • no loop syntax
  • re-assignments are not allowed in function definition
  • persisent data structures (using Pyrsistent)
  • Pattern matching / Data types, like algebraic data types
  • Syntax sugar of anonymous function definition (-> notation and $1 for the arguments)
  • Actor, like the actor of Erlang (using Eventlet)
  • Macro, like the traditional macro of Lisp
  • Anaphoric macros
  • Builtin functions includes functions exported by itertools module, recipes, functools module and operator module


    pip3 install mochi



Good reads

Coconut - Simple, elegant, Pythonic functional programming

v1 ? yes, on june, 2016
created february, 2015 (v0.1)
  • Coconut compiles to Python (not CPython bytecode, so it supports other Python implementations: PyPy, Jython, etc)

  • Coconut code runs on any major Python version, 2 or 3

  • all valid Python 3 is valid Coconut: you can write standard Python3 in Coconut.

  • ipython / jupyter support (installed by default)

Language features

  • pipelines
(1, 2) |*> (+) |> sq |> print

For multiline pipes, surround them with parenthesis (python rule that every newline inside parenthesis is ignored):

    |> print
  • pattern matching (match x in value:), guards
  • algeabric data types
  • partial application ($ sign right after a function name)
expnums = map(pow$(2), range(5))
expnums |> list |> print
  • lazy lists (surround comma-separated lists with (| and |))
  • destructuring assignment
  • function composition (with ..)
fog = f..g
  • prettier lambdas (-> syntax)
  • parallel programming
  • tail recursion optimization
  • infix notation (like in Haskell with backticks)
  • underscore digits separators (10_000_000)
  • decorators support any expression
@ wrapper1 .. wrapper2 $(arg)
  • code pass through the compiler
  • ...


    pip install coconut


  • Pygments support

Hask - Haskell language features and standard libraries in pure Python.

doc on github
v1 ? no
created july, 2015

Hask is a pure-Python, zero-dependencies library that mimics most of the core language tools from Haskell, including:

  • Full Hindley-Milner type system (with typeclasses) that will typecheck any function decorated with a Hask type signature. Also, typed functions can be partially applied.
@sig(H/ "a" >> "b" >> "a")
def const(x, y):
    return x
  • Easy creation of new algebraic data types and new typeclasses, with Haskell-like syntax
  • Pattern matching with case expressions
def fib(x):
    return ~(caseof(x)
                | m(0)   >> 1
                | m(1)   >> 1
                | m(m.n) >> fib(p.n - 1) + fib(p.n - 2))
  • Automagical function currying/partial application and function composition
  • Efficient, immutable, lazily evaluated List type with Haskell-style list comprehensions
  • All your favorite syntax and control flow tools, including operator sections, monadic error handling, guards, and more
  • Python port of (some of) the standard libraries from Haskell's base, including:
    • Algebraic datatypes from the Haskell Prelude, including Maybe and Either
    • Typeclasses from the Haskell base libraries, including Functor, Applicative, Monad, Enum, Num, and all the rest
    • Standard library functions from base, including all functions from Prelude, Data.List, Data.Maybe, and more

Features not yet implemented, but coming soon:

- Python 3 compatibility
- Better support for polymorphic return values/type defaulting
- Better support for lazy evaluation (beyond just the List type and pattern matching)
- More of the Haskell standard library (Control.* libraries, QuickCheck, and more)
- Monadic, lazy I/O


git clone
python install

Rabbit - a functional language on top of Python (discontinued in favor of Coconut)

doc no doc
v1 ? yes, on oct, 2014. DISCONTINUED
created v0.1 on may, 2014

From the author's words: (src)

Coconut is my attempt to fix the mistakes I thought I made with Rabbit, namely:

  • Coconut is compiled, while Rabbit is interpreted, making Coconut much faster
  • Coconut is an extension to Python, while Rabbit is a replacement, making Coconut much easier to use


qsort(l) = (
    qsort: (as ~ \x\(x @ x<=a)) ++ a ++ qsort: (as ~ \x\(x @ x>a))
    $ a,as = l
    ) @ len:l

Other languages that target the Python platform

Haxe, the cross-platform toolkit

official website
online REPL _
v1 ? v3

Haxe is an open source toolkit that allows you to easily build cross-platform tools and applications that target many mainstream platforms (Python, ActionScript3, C++, C#, Flash, Java, Javascript, NekoVM, PHP, Lua).

class Test {
  static function main() {
    var people = [
      "Elizabeth" => "Programming",
      "Joel" => "Design"
    for (name in people.keys()) {
      var job = people[name];
      trace('$name does $job for a living!');

Domain-specific languages

ProbLog. Probabilistic Logic Programming.

Probabilistic logic programs are logic programs in which some of the facts are annotated with probabilities.

official website
v1 ? yes, even v2
online tutorial and REPL

ProbLog is built with Python. Its only requirement is Python2.7 or 3.

One can interact with ProbLog from within Python code.


pip install problog

PyDatalog. Logic programming to use inside your Python program.

official website
v1 ? v0.17 (january, 2016)
PyPy ? yes

pyDatalog adds the logic programming paradigm to Python. Logic programmers can now use the extensive standard library of Python, and Python programmers can now express complex algorithms quickly.

from pyDatalog import pyDatalog
pyDatalog.create_terms('factorial, N')

factorial[N] = N*factorial[N-1]

factorial[1] = 1

print(factorial[3]==N)  # prints N=6


pip install pyDatalog pip install sqlalchemy

Example projects

No examples found, only testimonials.

RBQL: SQL dialect with Python expressions

official website
v1 ? no
PyPy ? pip install rbql

RBQL is both a library and a command line tool which provides SQL-like language with Python expressions
RBQL is integrated into "Rainbow CSV" text editor plugins available for VSCode, Vim, Sublime, Atom
Main Features:

  • Allows to use Python expressions inside SELECT, UPDATE, WHERE and ORDER BY statements
  • Result set of any query immediately becomes a first-class table on it's own
  • Works out of the box, no external dependencies

Usage example:

import rbql
input_table = [
    ['Dmitri Mendeleev',1834,'Russia'],
    ['Jane Austen',1775,'England'],
    ['Hayao Miyazaki',1941,'Japan'],
user_query = 'SELECT, "birth century: {}".format(a.DOB // 100 + 1) WHERE == "Roosevelt" or"an",, re.IGNORECASE) is not None ORDER BY random.random()'
output_table = []
warnings = []
rbql.query_table(user_query, input_table, output_table, warnings, input_column_names=['name', 'DOB', 'country'])
for record in output_table:
    print(','.join([str(v) for v in record]))

Other languages built in RPython

Monte - secure distributed computation

Monte is a "nascent dynamic programming language reminiscent of Python and E. It is based upon The Principle of Least Authority (POLA), which governs interactions between objects, and a capability-based object model, which grants certain essential safety guarantees to all objects".

v0.1 ? yes, v2016.1

Built on Pypy.

Pixie, a lightweight and native lisp

Doc Examples:
v0.1 ? no
REPL, installer, test runner,…
IRC #pixie-lang on Freenode

Pixie is built in RPython, the same language PyPy is written in, and as such "supports a fairly fast GC and an amazingly fast tracing JIT".

Inspired by Clojure.


  • Immutable datastructures
  • Protocols first implementation
  • Transducers at-the-bottom (most primitives are based off of reduce)
  • A "good enough" JIT (implemented, tuning still a WIP, but not bad performance today)
  • Easy FFI
  • object system
  • continuations, async I/O inspired by nodejs (see talk)
  • Pattern matching (planned)

From the FAQ:

  • Pixie implements its own virtual machine. It does not run on the JVM, CLR or Python VM. It implements its own bytecode, has its own GC and JIT. And it's small. Currently the interpreter, JIT, GC, and stdlib clock in at about 10.3MB once compiled down to an executable.
  • The JIT makes some things fast. Very fast. Code like the following compiles down to a loop with 6 CPU instructions. While this may not be too impressive for any language that uses a tracing jit, it is fairly unique for a language as young as Pixie.
;;  This code adds up to 10000 from 0 via calling a function that takes a variable number of arguments.
;;  That function then reduces over the argument list to add up all given arguments.

(defn add-fn [& args]
  (reduce -add 0 args))

(loop [x 0]
  (if (eq x 10000)
    (recur (add-fn x 1))))
  • Math system is fully polymorphic. Math primitives (+,-, etc.) are built off of polymorphic functions that dispatch on the types of the first two arguments. This allows the math system to be extended to complex numbers, matrices, etc. The performance penalty of such a polymorphic call is completely removed by the RPython generated JIT.

Good talks

RSqueak, a Squeak/Smalltalk VM written in RPython


with all-in-one multiplatform bundles and 32 bits binaries.

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