Everett is a configuration library.

License:MPL v2


This library tries to do configuration with minimal “fanciness”:

Configuration with Everett:

  • is composeable and flexible
  • makes it easier to provide helpful error messages for users trying to configure your software
  • can pull configuration from a variety of specified sources (environment, ini files, dict, write-your-own)
  • supports parsing values (bool, int, lists, ..., write-your-own)
  • supports key namespaces
  • facilitates writing tests that change configuration values
  • supports component architectures with auto-documentation of configuration with a Sphinx autoconfig directive

Everett is inspired by python-decouple and configman.

Why not other libs?

Most other libraries I looked at had one or more of the following issues:

  • were tied to a specific web app framework
  • didn’t allow you to specify configuration sources
  • provided poor error messages when you configure things wrong
  • had a global configuration object
  • made it really hard to override specific configuration when writing tests
  • had no facilities for auto-documenting configuration for components

Quick start

Say you’re writing a web app using some framework that doesn’t provide infrastructure for configuration.

You want to pull configuration from an INI file stored in a place specified by FOO_INI in the environment. You want to pull infrastructure values from the environment. Values from the environment should override values from the INI file.

First, you set up your ConfigManager in your webapp:

from everett.manager import ConfigManager, ConfigOSEnv, ConfigIniEnv

class MyWSGIApp(SomeFrameworkApp):
    def __init__(self):
        self.config = ConfigManager(
            # Specify one or more configuration environments in
            # the order they should be checked
                # Looks in OS environment first

                # Looks in INI files in order specified

            # Make it easy for users to find your configuration
            # docs
            doc='Check https://example.com/configuration for docs'

        # Set ``is_debug`` based on configuration
        self.is_debug = self.config('debug', parser=bool)

def get_app():
    return MyWSGIApp()

Now all configuration for the app can be pulled from the .config property.

Let’s write some tests that verify behavior based on the debug configuration value:

from everett.manager import config_override

def test_debug_true():
    app = get_app()

def test_debug_false():
    app = get_app()

This works with frameworks that do have configuration infrastructure like Django and Flask.

This works with non-web things, too, like command line programs.

Everett supports components, too. Say your app needs to connect to RabbitMQ. With Everett, you can wrap the configuration up with the component:

from everett.component import RequiredConfigMixin, ConfigOptions

class RabbitMQComponent(RequiredConfigMixin):
    required_config = ConfigOptions()
        doc='RabbitMQ host to connect to'
        doc='Port to use',
        doc='Queue to insert things into'

    def __init__(self, config):
        # Bind the configuration to just the configuration this
        # component requires such that this component is
        # self-contained.
        self.config = config.with_options(self)

        self.host = self.config('host')
        self.port = self.config('port')
        self.queue_name = self.config('queue_name')

Then instantiate a RabbitMQComponent, but with configuration in the rmq namespace:

queue = RabbitMQComponent(config.with_namespace('rmq'))

In your environment, you would provide RMQ_HOST, etc for this component.

You can auto-document the configuration for this component in your Sphinx docs with:

.. autoconfig:: path.to.RabbitMQComponent

Say your app actually needs to connect to two separate queues–one for regular processing and one for priority processing:

regular_queue = RabbitMQComponent(
priority_queue = RabbitMQComponent(

In your environment, you provide the regular queue configuration with RMQ_REGULAR_HOST, etc and the priority queue configuration with RMQ_PRIORITY_HOST, etc.

Same component code. Two different instances pulling configuration from two different namespaces.

Components support subclassing, mixins and all that, too.


From PyPI


$ pip install everett

For hacking


# Clone the repository
$ git clone https://github.com/willkg/everett

# Create a virtualenvironment

# Install Everett and dev requirements
$ pip install -r requirements-dev.txt

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