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Type Annotations

Python type annotations / hints for the base Libcloud compute API have been added in v2.8.0.

The goal behind type annotations is to make developer lives easier by introducing optional static typing for Python programs.

This allows you to catch bugs and issues which are related to variable types earlier and faster (aka when you run mypy locally either manually or integrated in your editor / IDE and also as part of you CI/CD build pipeline).

An example of how to use type annotations correctly is shown below.

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from typing import Type, cast

from libcloud.compute.types import Provider
from libcloud.compute.providers import get_driver
from libcloud.compute.drivers.ec2 import EC2NodeDriver
from libcloud.compute.drivers.rackspace import RackspaceNodeDriver

ec2_cls = get_driver(Provider.EC2)
rackspace_cls = get_driver(Provider.RACKSPACE)

# NOTE: If you are using driver methods which are not part of the standard API,
# you need to explicitly cast the driver class reference to the correct class
# for type checking to work correctly
EC2 = cast(Type[EC2NodeDriver], ec2_cls)
Rackspace = cast(Type[RackspaceNodeDriver], rackspace_cls)

drivers = [
    EC2("access key id", "secret key", region="us-east-1"),
    Rackspace("username", "api key", region="iad"),

nodes = []
for driver in drivers:

# [ <Node: provider=Amazon, status=RUNNING, name=bob, ip=>,
# <Node: provider=Rackspace, status=REBOOT, name=korine, ip=>, ... ]

# grab the node named "test"
node = [n for n in nodes if == "test"][0]

# reboot "test"

If you reference an invalid object attribute or a method, you would see an error similar to the one beloe when running mypy:

$ mypy --no-incremental error: "Node" has no attribute "invalid" error: "Node" has no attribute "rebbot"; maybe "reboot"? error: Unexpected keyword argument "foo" for "reboot" of "Node"

If you are using driver methods which are not part of the Libcloud standard API, you need to use cast() method as shown below to cast the driver class to the correct type. If you don’t do that, mypy will only be aware of the methods which are part of the Libcloud base compute API (aka BaseNodeDriver class).

This is needed because of how Libcloud utilizes meta programming for the get_driver() and related methods (there is no other way without writing a mypy plugin to achieve that).

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