What is the significance of the "init.py" file in Python packages, and how does it affect the import and module structure of my application?

Asked 7 months ago

I'd like to know more about the role of the "init.py" file in Python packages. How does this file impact the import system and the overall module structure of my Python application?

Omar Christensen

Sunday, October 01, 2023

Simply put, the "init.py" file in Python packages serves as an indicator to Python that a directory should be treated as a package or module. When the file is present, the directory becomes a package, allowing you to organize your code into modules within that package. You can then use relative imports within the package, making it much easier to structure and access your code.

For example, if you have a package named "my_package" with an "init.py" file, you can create modules within it, such as "module1.py" or "module2.py." Then, you can import these modules using relative imports, such as `from my_package import module1.`.

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