ast --- 抽象语法树

源代码: Lib/

ast 模块帮助 Python 程序处理 Python 语法的抽象语法树。抽象语法或许会随着 Python 的更新发布而改变;该模块能够帮助理解当前语法在编程层面的样貌。

抽象语法树可通过将 ast.PyCF_ONLY_AST 作为旗标传递给 compile() 内置函数来生成,或是使用此模块中提供的 parse() 辅助函数。返回结果将是一个对象树,,其中的类都继承自 ast.AST。抽象语法树可被内置的 compile() 函数编译为一个 Python 代码对象。


class ast.AST

这是所有 AST 节点类的基类。实际上,这些节点类派生自 Parser/Python.asdl 文件,其中定义的语法树示例 如下。它们在 C 语言模块 _ast 中定义,并被导出至 ast 模块。

抽象语法定义的每个左侧符号(比方说, ast.stmt 或者 ast.expr)定义了一个类。另外,在抽象语法定义的右侧,对每一个构造器也定义了一个类;这些类继承自树左侧的类。比如,ast.BinOp 继承自 ast.expr。对于多分支产生式(也就是"和规则"),树右侧的类是抽象的;只有特定构造器结点的实例能被构造。


每个具体类都有个属性 _fields, 用来给出所有子节点的名字。

每个具体类的实例对它每个子节点都有一个属性,对应类型如文法中所定义。比如,ast.BinOp 的实例有个属性 left,类型是 ast.expr.

如果这些属性在文法中标记为可选(使用问号),对应值可能会是 None。如果这些属性有零或多个(用星号标记),对应值会用Python的列表来表示。所有可能的属性必须在用 compile() 编译得到AST时给出,且是有效的值。


ast.exprast.stmt 子类的实例有 linenocol_offset 属性。lineno 是源代码的行数(从1开始, 所以第一行行数是1),而 col_offset 是该生成节点第一个token的UTF-8字节偏移量。记录下UTF-8偏移量的原因是parser内部使用UTF-8。

一个类的构造器 ast.T 像下面这样parse它的参数。

  • 如果有位置参数,它们必须和 T._fields 中的元素一样多;他们会像这些名字的属性一样被赋值。
  • 如果有关键字参数,它们必须被设为和给定值同名的属性。

比方说,要创建和填充节点 ast.UnaryOp,你得用

node = ast.UnaryOp()
node.op = ast.USub()
node.operand = ast.Num()
node.operand.n = 5
node.operand.lineno = 0
node.operand.col_offset = 0
node.lineno = 0
node.col_offset = 0


node = ast.UnaryOp(ast.USub(), ast.Num(5, lineno=0, col_offset=0),
                   lineno=0, col_offset=0)



-- ASDL's 7 builtin types are:
-- identifier, int, string, bytes, object, singleton, constant
-- singleton: None, True or False
-- constant can be None, whereas None means "no value" for object.

module Python
    mod = Module(stmt* body)
        | Interactive(stmt* body)
        | Expression(expr body)

        -- not really an actual node but useful in Jython's typesystem.
        | Suite(stmt* body)

    stmt = FunctionDef(identifier name, arguments args,
                       stmt* body, expr* decorator_list, expr? returns)
          | AsyncFunctionDef(identifier name, arguments args,
                             stmt* body, expr* decorator_list, expr? returns)

          | ClassDef(identifier name,
             expr* bases,
             keyword* keywords,
             stmt* body,
             expr* decorator_list)
          | Return(expr? value)

          | Delete(expr* targets)
          | Assign(expr* targets, expr value)
          | AugAssign(expr target, operator op, expr value)
          -- 'simple' indicates that we annotate simple name without parens
          | AnnAssign(expr target, expr annotation, expr? value, int simple)

          -- use 'orelse' because else is a keyword in target languages
          | For(expr target, expr iter, stmt* body, stmt* orelse)
          | AsyncFor(expr target, expr iter, stmt* body, stmt* orelse)
          | While(expr test, stmt* body, stmt* orelse)
          | If(expr test, stmt* body, stmt* orelse)
          | With(withitem* items, stmt* body)
          | AsyncWith(withitem* items, stmt* body)

          | Raise(expr? exc, expr? cause)
          | Try(stmt* body, excepthandler* handlers, stmt* orelse, stmt* finalbody)
          | Assert(expr test, expr? msg)

          | Import(alias* names)
          | ImportFrom(identifier? module, alias* names, int? level)

          | Global(identifier* names)
          | Nonlocal(identifier* names)
          | Expr(expr value)
          | Pass | Break | Continue

          -- XXX Jython will be different
          -- col_offset is the byte offset in the utf8 string the parser uses
          attributes (int lineno, int col_offset)

          -- BoolOp() can use left & right?
    expr = BoolOp(boolop op, expr* values)
         | BinOp(expr left, operator op, expr right)
         | UnaryOp(unaryop op, expr operand)
         | Lambda(arguments args, expr body)
         | IfExp(expr test, expr body, expr orelse)
         | Dict(expr* keys, expr* values)
         | Set(expr* elts)
         | ListComp(expr elt, comprehension* generators)
         | SetComp(expr elt, comprehension* generators)
         | DictComp(expr key, expr value, comprehension* generators)
         | GeneratorExp(expr elt, comprehension* generators)
         -- the grammar constrains where yield expressions can occur
         | Await(expr value)
         | Yield(expr? value)
         | YieldFrom(expr value)
         -- need sequences for compare to distinguish between
         -- x < 4 < 3 and (x < 4) < 3
         | Compare(expr left, cmpop* ops, expr* comparators)
         | Call(expr func, expr* args, keyword* keywords)
         | Num(object n) -- a number as a PyObject.
         | Str(string s) -- need to specify raw, unicode, etc?
         | FormattedValue(expr value, int? conversion, expr? format_spec)
         | JoinedStr(expr* values)
         | Bytes(bytes s)
         | NameConstant(singleton value)
         | Ellipsis
         | Constant(constant value)

         -- the following expression can appear in assignment context
         | Attribute(expr value, identifier attr, expr_context ctx)
         | Subscript(expr value, slice slice, expr_context ctx)
         | Starred(expr value, expr_context ctx)
         | Name(identifier id, expr_context ctx)
         | List(expr* elts, expr_context ctx)
         | Tuple(expr* elts, expr_context ctx)

          -- col_offset is the byte offset in the utf8 string the parser uses
          attributes (int lineno, int col_offset)

    expr_context = Load | Store | Del | AugLoad | AugStore | Param

    slice = Slice(expr? lower, expr? upper, expr? step)
          | ExtSlice(slice* dims)
          | Index(expr value)

    boolop = And | Or

    operator = Add | Sub | Mult | MatMult | Div | Mod | Pow | LShift
                 | RShift | BitOr | BitXor | BitAnd | FloorDiv

    unaryop = Invert | Not | UAdd | USub

    cmpop = Eq | NotEq | Lt | LtE | Gt | GtE | Is | IsNot | In | NotIn

    comprehension = (expr target, expr iter, expr* ifs, int is_async)

    excepthandler = ExceptHandler(expr? type, identifier? name, stmt* body)
                    attributes (int lineno, int col_offset)

    arguments = (arg* args, arg? vararg, arg* kwonlyargs, expr* kw_defaults,
                 arg? kwarg, expr* defaults)

    arg = (identifier arg, expr? annotation)
           attributes (int lineno, int col_offset)

    -- keyword arguments supplied to call (NULL identifier for **kwargs)
    keyword = (identifier? arg, expr value)

    -- import name with optional 'as' alias.
    alias = (identifier name, identifier? asname)

    withitem = (expr context_expr, expr? optional_vars)

ast 中的辅助函数

除了节点类, ast 模块里为遍历抽象语法树定义了这些工具函数和类:

ast.parse(source, filename='<unknown>', mode='exec')

把源码解析为AST节点。和 compile(source, filename, mode,ast.PyCF_ONLY_AST) 等价。




Safely evaluate an expression node or a string containing a Python literal or container display. The string or node provided may only consist of the following Python literal structures: strings, bytes, numbers, tuples, lists, dicts, sets, booleans, and None.

This can be used for safely evaluating strings containing Python values from untrusted sources without the need to parse the values oneself. It is not capable of evaluating arbitrarily complex expressions, for example involving operators or indexing.



在 3.2 版更改: Now allows bytes and set literals.

ast.get_docstring(node, clean=True)

Return the docstring of the given node (which must be a FunctionDef, AsyncFunctionDef, ClassDef, or Module node), or None if it has no docstring. If clean is true, clean up the docstring's indentation with inspect.cleandoc().

在 3.5 版更改: AsyncFunctionDef is now supported.


When you compile a node tree with compile(), the compiler expects lineno and col_offset attributes for every node that supports them. This is rather tedious to fill in for generated nodes, so this helper adds these attributes recursively where not already set, by setting them to the values of the parent node. It works recursively starting at node.

ast.increment_lineno(node, n=1)

Increment the line number of each node in the tree starting at node by n. This is useful to "move code" to a different location in a file.

ast.copy_location(new_node, old_node)

Copy source location (lineno and col_offset) from old_node to new_node if possible, and return new_node.


Yield a tuple of (fieldname, value) for each field in node._fields that is present on node.


Yield all direct child nodes of node, that is, all fields that are nodes and all items of fields that are lists of nodes.


Recursively yield all descendant nodes in the tree starting at node (including node itself), in no specified order. This is useful if you only want to modify nodes in place and don't care about the context.

class ast.NodeVisitor

A node visitor base class that walks the abstract syntax tree and calls a visitor function for every node found. This function may return a value which is forwarded by the visit() method.

This class is meant to be subclassed, with the subclass adding visitor methods.


Visit a node. The default implementation calls the method called self.visit_classname where classname is the name of the node class, or generic_visit() if that method doesn't exist.


This visitor calls visit() on all children of the node.

Note that child nodes of nodes that have a custom visitor method won't be visited unless the visitor calls generic_visit() or visits them itself.

Don't use the NodeVisitor if you want to apply changes to nodes during traversal. For this a special visitor exists (NodeTransformer) that allows modifications.

class ast.NodeTransformer

A NodeVisitor subclass that walks the abstract syntax tree and allows modification of nodes.

The NodeTransformer will walk the AST and use the return value of the visitor methods to replace or remove the old node. If the return value of the visitor method is None, the node will be removed from its location, otherwise it is replaced with the return value. The return value may be the original node in which case no replacement takes place.

Here is an example transformer that rewrites all occurrences of name lookups (foo) to data['foo']:

class RewriteName(NodeTransformer):

    def visit_Name(self, node):
        return copy_location(Subscript(
            value=Name(id='data', ctx=Load()),
        ), node)

Keep in mind that if the node you're operating on has child nodes you must either transform the child nodes yourself or call the generic_visit() method for the node first.

For nodes that were part of a collection of statements (that applies to all statement nodes), the visitor may also return a list of nodes rather than just a single node.

Usually you use the transformer like this:

node = YourTransformer().visit(node)
ast.dump(node, annotate_fields=True, include_attributes=False)

Return a formatted dump of the tree in node. This is mainly useful for debugging purposes. The returned string will show the names and the values for fields. This makes the code impossible to evaluate, so if evaluation is wanted annotate_fields must be set to False. Attributes such as line numbers and column offsets are not dumped by default. If this is wanted, include_attributes can be set to True.


Green Tree Snakes, an external documentation resource, has good details on working with Python ASTs.