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Using a main check __main__ to call a main function in Python

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/01

[WayBack] __main__ — Top-level script environment — Python 3 documentation recommends code like this:

if __name__ == "__main__":
    # execute only if run as a script
    main()

This has many cool possibilities, including these that I like most as a beginning Python developer:

  • having your def main(): function in a separate source file
  • allowing to return prematurely from your main function (you cannot do this from the main block)
  • allowing a file to distinguish if it is being loaded as a module, or as a main program

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–jeroen

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