April 14, 2022    Share on: Twitter | Facebook | HackerNews | Reddit

Python configuration management

hydra-core package

Hydra is a Python library that allows you to access parameters from a configuration file inside a Python script.

Create exemplary main.yaml in directory config

  path: data/raw/sample.csv

  path: data/processed/processed.csv

  path: data/final/final.csv

then we can access the value inside the configuration file by adding the decorator @hydra.main on a specific function. Inside this function, we can access the value under processed and path by using a dot notation: config.processed.path .

This is the demo code that uses hydra to access the parameters in under the directory config.
Author: Khuyen Tran

import hydra
from omegaconf import DictConfig
from hydra.utils import to_absolute_path as abspath

@hydra.main(config_path="../config", config_name='main')
def process_data(config: DictConfig):
    """Function to process the data"""

    raw_path = abspath(config.raw.path)
    print(f"Process data using {raw_path}")
    print(f"Columns used: {config.process.use_columns}")

if __name__ == '__main__':

From: https://towardsdatascience.com/how-to-structure-a-data-science-project-for-readability-and-transparency-360c6716800

decouple package

Python Decouple: Strict separation of settings from code

Decouple helps you to organize your settings so that you can change parameters without having to redeploy your app.

It also makes it easy for you to:

  • store parameters in ini or .env files; define comprehensive default values;
  • properly convert values to the correct data type;
  • have only one configuration module to rule all your instances. -It was originally designed for Django, but became an independent generic tool for separating settings from code.

Envvars works, but since os.environ only returns strings, it’s tricky.

Let’s say you have an envvar DEBUG=False. If you run:

if os.environ['DEBUG']:
    print True
    print False

It will print True, because os.environ['DEBUG'] returns the string “False”. Since it’s a non-empty string, it will be evaluated as True.

Decouple provides a solution that doesn’t look like a workaround: config('DEBUG', cast=bool).

From: package description on pypi


OmegaConf is a hierarchical configuration system, with support for merging configurations from multiple sources (YAML config files, dataclasses/objects and CLI arguments) providing a consistent API regardless of how the configuration was created.