7 Unique Python Libraries for File Manipulation


When you are working on a Python project, sometimes you need to read a file or write to a file, instead of printing to the console. Working with files for only reading and writing to files may be simple but if you want to work with other operations on a file, then you might need to take help from an additional third-party python library created by the python community.

File Manipulation with Python:-

Python is a powerful programming language yet a simple one, with a syntax like plain English. You can easily manipulate files with python programming language by using the following python programming libraries for file manipulation.

Python library for file manipulation

Python Libraries for File Handling:-

Python has multiple libraries for file handling. I have chosen some of the best among all of them. Below is a compiled list of Python Libraries that can be used to handle different types of files. Feel free to use any of them for your project, the one which suits your project. 

  1. pathlib

    pathlib is a module that offers classes representing filesystem paths with semantics appropriate for different operating systems. Path classes are divided between pure paths, which provide purely computational operations without I/O, and concrete paths, which inherit from pure paths but also provide I/O operations.

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  2. Watchdog

    Watchdog is a Python API library and shell utilities to monitor file system events. Directory monitoring made easy with Watchdog is a cross-platform API. another fact about Watchdog is that it is a shell tool to run commands in response to directory changes.

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  3. Unipath

    Unipath is an object-oriented front end to the file/directory functions scattered throughout several Python library modules. It's based on Jason Orendorff's path.py but focuses more on user convenience rather than on strict adherence to the underlying functions' syntax. Unipath is stable, well-tested, and has been used in production since 2008. It runs on Python 2.6+ and 3.2+.

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  4. python-magic

    python-magic is a Python interface to the libmagic file type identification library. libmagic identifies file types by checking their headers according to a predefined list of file types. This functionality is exposed to the command line by the Unix command file.

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  5. PyFilesystem

    PyFilesystem is a Filesystem Abstraction for Python. PyFilesystem Work with files and directories in archives, memory, the cloud etc. as easily as your local drive. Write code now, decide later where the data will be stored; unit test without writing real files; upload files to the cloud without learning a new API; sandbox your file writing code; etc.

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  6. path

    path implements path objects as first-class entities, allowing common operations on files to be invoked on those path objects directly.path implements Path objects as a subclass of str, and as a result these Path objects may be passed directly to other APIs that expect simple text representations of paths, whereas with pathlib, one must first cast values to strings before passing them to APIs unaware of pathlib.

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  7. mimetypes

    The mimetypes module converts between a filename or URL and the MIME type associated with the filename extension. Conversions are provided from filename to MIME type and from MIME type to filename extension; encodings are not supported for the latter conversion.

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Summary and Conclusion:-

These 7 Unique Python Libraries for File Manipulation will help you use to manipulate and find the different properties of the files. If you have any questions please let me know in the comment section. If you are interested in other python tutorials please visit my youtube channel Code with Ali.

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