Python getattr and setattr example

Here’s me playing with getattr and setattr to give an object dictionary semantics. Now I can go:

w = Wooga()
w.x = 1
>>> 1
>>> 1


Notice that the setattr means I can’t say “ = dict()” in the __init__ method, because that will just go into setattr, so I have to go after the __dict__ directly.

class Wooga(object):

    def __init__(self):
        self.__dict__['data'] = dict()

    def __getattr__(self, name):
        return, None)

    def __setattr__(self, name, value):[name] = value

    def __getitem__(self, name):
        return, None)


Filed under python, utility

4 responses to “Python getattr and setattr example

  1. Tarcisio

    I was able to get the same results with this:

    class Foo(object):
    __getitem__ = object.__getattribute__
    __setitem__ = object.__setattr__

    Are there any meaningful differences?

  2. roby2358

    Neat! I don’t know, but yours is a lot smaller. I’ll have to play with it and find out. Thank you!

    • roby2358

      @Tarcisio … EPIC WIN! Here’s where I finally landed. I use “Ob” objects as throw-around objects where I want to play with the attribute/item distinction.

      class Ob(object):
      __getitem__ = object.__getattribute__
      __setitem__ = object.__setattr__

      def __init__(self, **kwargs):
      # see if the passed in initialization values
      if kwargs:
      for key in kwargs.keys():
      self[key] = kwargs[key]

      Thank you dude! ROCK ON!

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