How do I get list of methods in a Python class?

The Question :

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I want to iterate through the methods in a class, or handle class or instance objects differently based on the methods present. How do I get a list of class methods?

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The Question Comments :
  • For Cython using the compiler directive binding works:
  • On python3: [f for f in dir(ClassName) if not f.startswith('_')] or just dir(ClassName) for everything
  • @Seraf Please don’t post answers in the comments. Post an answer instead.
  • dir(ClassName) should be the simple answer.

The Answer 1

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An example (listing the methods of the optparse.OptionParser class):

>>> from optparse import OptionParser
>>> import inspect
>>> inspect.getmembers(OptionParser, predicate=inspect.ismethod)
[([('__init__', <unbound method OptionParser.__init__>),
 ('add_option', <unbound method OptionParser.add_option>),
 ('add_option_group', <unbound method OptionParser.add_option_group>),
 ('add_options', <unbound method OptionParser.add_options>),
 ('check_values', <unbound method OptionParser.check_values>),
 ('destroy', <unbound method OptionParser.destroy>),
  <unbound method OptionParser.disable_interspersed_args>),
  <unbound method OptionParser.enable_interspersed_args>),
 ('error', <unbound method OptionParser.error>),
 ('exit', <unbound method OptionParser.exit>),
 ('expand_prog_name', <unbound method OptionParser.expand_prog_name>),
# python3
>>> inspect.getmembers(OptionParser, predicate=inspect.isfunction)

Notice that getmembers returns a list of 2-tuples. The first item is the name of the member, the second item is the value.

You can also pass an instance to getmembers:

>>> parser = OptionParser()
>>> inspect.getmembers(parser, predicate=inspect.ismethod)

The Answer 2

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There is the dir(theobject) method to list all the fields and methods of your object (as a tuple) and the inspect module (as codeape write) to list the fields and methods with their doc (in “””).

Because everything (even fields) might be called in Python, I’m not sure there is a built-in function to list only methods. You might want to try if the object you get through dir is callable or not.

The Answer 3

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Python 3.x answer without external libraries

method_list = [func for func in dir(Foo) if callable(getattr(Foo, func))]

dunder-excluded result:

method_list = [func for func in dir(Foo) if callable(getattr(Foo, func)) and not func.startswith("__")]

The Answer 4

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Say you want to know all methods associated with list class Just Type The following

 print (dir(list))

Above will give you all methods of list class

The Answer 5

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Try the property __dict__.

The Answer 6

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you can also import the FunctionType from types and test it with the class.__dict__:

from types import FunctionType

class Foo:
    def bar(self): pass
    def baz(self): pass

def methods(cls):
    return [x for x, y in cls.__dict__.items() if type(y) == FunctionType]

methods(Foo)  # ['bar', 'baz']

The Answer 7

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Note that you need to consider whether you want methods from base classes which are inherited (but not overridden) included in the result. The dir() and inspect.getmembers() operations do include base class methods, but use of the __dict__ attribute does not.

The Answer 8

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You can list all methods in a python class by using the following code


This will return a list of all the names of the methods in the class

The Answer 9

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There’s this approach:

[getattr(obj, m) for m in dir(obj) if not m.startswith('__')]

When dealing with a class instance, perhaps it’d be better to return a list with the method references instead of just names¹. If that’s your goal, as well as

  1. Using no import
  2. Excluding private methods (e.g. __init__) from the list

It may be of use. You might also want to assure it’s callable(getattr(obj, m)), since dir returns all attributes within obj, not just methods.

In a nutshell, for a class like

class Ghost:
    def boo(self, who):
        return f'Who you gonna call? {who}'

We could check instance retrieval with

>>> g = Ghost()
>>> methods = [getattr(g, m) for m in dir(g) if not m.startswith('__')]
>>> print(methods)
[<bound method of <__main__.Ghost object at ...>>]

So you can call it right away:

>>> for method in methods:
...     print(method('GHOSTBUSTERS'))
Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS

¹ An use case:

I used this for unit testing. Had a class where all methods performed variations of the same process – which led to lengthy tests, each only a tweak away from the others. DRY was a far away dream.

Thought I should have a single test for all methods, so I made the above iteration.

Although I realized I should instead refactor the code itself to be DRY-compliant anyway… this may still serve a random nitpicky soul in the future.

The Answer 10

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This also works:


def foo(x):
   return 'foo'
def bar():
   return 'bar'

In another file:

import inspect
import mymodule
method_list = [ func[0] for func in inspect.getmembers(mymodule, predicate=inspect.isroutine) if callable(getattr(mymodule, func[0])) ]


[‘foo’, ‘bar’]

From the Python docs:


Return true if the object is a user-defined or built-in function or method.

The Answer 11

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def find_defining_class(obj, meth_name):
    for ty in type(obj).mro():
        if meth_name in ty.__dict__:
            return ty


print find_defining_class(car, 'speedometer') 

Think Python page 210

The Answer 12

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I just keep this there, because top rated answers are not clear.

This is simple test with not usual class based on Enum.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import sys, inspect
from enum import Enum

class my_enum(Enum):
    """Enum base class my_enum"""
    M_ONE = -1
    ZERO = 0
    ONE = 1
    TWO = 2
    THREE = 3

    def is_natural(self):
            return (self.value > 0)
    def is_negative(self):
            return (self.value < 0)

def is_clean_name(name):
    return not name.startswith('_') and not name.endswith('_')
def clean_names(lst):
    return [ n for n in lst if is_clean_name(n) ]
def get_items(cls,lst):
            res = [ getattr(cls,n) for n in lst ]
    except Exception as e:
            res = (Exception, type(e), e)
    return res

print( sys.version )

dir_res = clean_names( dir(my_enum) )
inspect_res = clean_names( [ x[0] for x in inspect.getmembers(my_enum) ] )
dict_res = clean_names( my_enum.__dict__.keys() )

print( '## names ##' )
print( dir_res )
print( inspect_res )
print( dict_res )

print( '## items ##' )
print( get_items(my_enum,dir_res) )
print( get_items(my_enum,inspect_res) )
print( get_items(my_enum,dict_res) )

And this is output results.

3.7.7 (default, Mar 10 2020, 13:18:53) 
[GCC 9.2.1 20200306]
## names ##
['M_ONE', 'ONE', 'THREE', 'TWO', 'ZERO']
['M_ONE', 'ONE', 'THREE', 'TWO', 'ZERO', 'name', 'value']
['is_natural', 'is_negative', 'M_ONE', 'ZERO', 'ONE', 'TWO', 'THREE']
## items ##
[<my_enum.M_ONE: -1>, <my_enum.ONE: 1>, <my_enum.THREE: 3>, <my_enum.TWO: 2>, <my_enum.ZERO: 0>]
(<class 'Exception'>, <class 'AttributeError'>, AttributeError('name'))
[<function my_enum.is_natural at 0xb78a1fa4>, <function my_enum.is_negative at 0xb78ae854>, <my_enum.M_ONE: -1>, <my_enum.ZERO: 0>, <my_enum.ONE: 1>, <my_enum.TWO: 2>, <my_enum.THREE: 3>]

So what we have:

  • dir provide not complete data
  • inspect.getmembers provide not complete data and provide internal keys that are not accessible with getattr()
  • __dict__.keys() provide complete and reliable result

Why are votes so erroneous? And where i’m wrong? And where wrong other people which answers have so low votes?

The Answer 13

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If your method is a “regular” method and not a staticmethod, classmethod etc.
There is a little hack I came up with –

for k, v in your_class.__dict__.items():
    if "function" in str(v):

This can be extended to other type of methods by changing “function” in the if condition correspondingly.
Tested in Python 2.7 and Python 3.5.

The Answer 14

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methods = [(func, getattr(o, func)) for func in dir(o) if callable(getattr(o, func))]

gives an identical list as

methods = inspect.getmembers(o, predicate=inspect.ismethod)


The Answer 15

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You can use a function which I have created.

def method_finder(classname):

    non_magic_class = []

    class_methods = dir(classname)

    for m in class_methods:

        if m.startswith('__'):




    return non_magic_class




The Answer 16

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To produce a list of methods put the name of the method in a list without the usual parenthesis. Remove the name and attach the parenthesis and that calls the method.

    def methodA():
        print("@ MethodA")

    def methodB():
        print("@ methodB")

    a = []
    for item in a:

The Answer 17

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Try print(help(ClassName)) It prints out methods of the class

The Answer 18

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I know this is an old post, but just wrote this function and will leave it here is case someone stumbles looking for an answer:

def classMethods(the_class,class_only=False,instance_only=False,exclude_internal=True):

    def acceptMethod(tup):
        #internal function that analyzes the tuples returned by getmembers tup[1] is the 
        #actual member object
        is_method = inspect.ismethod(tup[1])
        if is_method:
            bound_to = tup[1].im_self
            internal = tup[1].im_func.func_name[:2] == '__' and tup[1].im_func.func_name[-2:] == '__'
            if internal and exclude_internal:
                include = False
                include = (bound_to == the_class and not instance_only) or (bound_to == None and not class_only)
            include = False
        return include
    #uses filter to return results according to internal function and arguments
    return filter(acceptMethod,inspect.getmembers(the_class))

The Answer 19

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This is just an observation. “encode” seems to be a method for string objects

str_1 = 'a'
>>> b'a'

However, if str1 is inspected for methods, an empty list is returned

inspect.getmember(str_1, predicate=inspect.ismethod)
>>> []

So, maybe I am wrong, but the issue seems to be not simple.

The Answer 20

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class CPerson:
    def __init__(self, age):
        self._age = age

    def run(self):

    def age(self): return self._age

    def my_static_method(): print("Life is short, you need Python")

    def say(cls, msg): return msg

test_class = CPerson
# print(dir(test_class))  # list all the fields and methods of your object
print([(name, t) for name, t in test_class.__dict__.items() if type(t).__name__ == 'function' and not name.startswith('__')])
print([(name, t) for name, t in test_class.__dict__.items() if type(t).__name__ != 'function' and not name.startswith('__')])


[('run', <function at 0x0000000002AD3268>)]
[('age', <property object at 0x0000000002368688>), ('my_static_method', <staticmethod object at 0x0000000002ACBD68>), ('say', <classmethod object at 0x0000000002ACF0B8>)]

The Answer 21

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If you want to list only methods of a python class

import numpy as np


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