entrypoints API

High-level API

entrypoints.get_single(group, name, path=None)

Find a single entry point.

Returns an EntryPoint object, or raises NoSuchEntryPoint if no match is found.

entrypoints.get_group_named(group, path=None)

Find a group of entry points with unique names.

Returns a dictionary of names to EntryPoint objects.

entrypoints.get_group_all(group, path=None)

Find all entry points in a group.

Returns a list of EntryPoint objects.

These functions will all use sys.path by default if you don’t specify the path parameter. This is normally what you want, so you shouldn’t need to pass path.

EntryPoint objects

class entrypoints.EntryPoint(name, module_name, object_name, extras=None, distro=None)

The name identifying this entry point


The name of an importable module to which it refers


The dotted object name within the module, or None if the entry point refers to a module itselfs.


Extra setuptools features related to this entry point as a list, or None


The distribution which advertised this entry point - a Distribution instance or None


Load the object to which this entry point refers.

classmethod from_string(epstr, name, distro=None)

Parse an entry point from the syntax in entry_points.txt

  • epstr (str) – The entry point string (not including ‘name =’)
  • name (str) – The name of this entry point
  • distro (Distribution) – The distribution in which the entry point was found
Return type:



BadEntryPoint – if epstr can’t be parsed as an entry point.

class entrypoints.Distribution(name, version)

The name of this distribution


The version of this distribution, as a string


exception entrypoints.BadEntryPoint(epstr)

Raised when an entry point can’t be parsed.

exception entrypoints.NoSuchEntryPoint(group, name)

Raised by get_single() when no matching entry point is found.