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__file__ (A Special variable) in Python
  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 19 Feb, 2020

A double underscore variable in Python is usually referred to as a dunder. A dunder variable is a variable that Python has defined so that it can use it in a “Special way”. This Special way depends on the variable that is being used.

Note: For more information, refer to Dunder or magic methods in Python

__file__ variable

__file__ is a variable that contains the path to the module that is currently being imported. Python creates a __file__ variable for itself when it is about to import a module. The updating and maintaining of this variable is the responsibility of the import system. The import system can choose to leave the variable empty when there is no semantic meaning, that is when the module/file is imported from the database. This attribute is a String. This can be used to know the path of the module you are using. To understand the usage of __file__ consider the following example.

Example: Let’s create a module named JustMyModule and store it as a .py file.

# Creating a module named
# JustMyModule
def hello():
    print("This is imported from JustMyModule")

Now let’s create another file named that imports the above created module to show the use of __file__ variable.

# Importing the above 
# created module
import JustMyModule
# Calling the method 
# created inside the module
# printing the __file__
# variable



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