Preconfigured converters

The cattr.preconf package contains factories for preconfigured converters, specifically adjusted for particular serialization libraries.

For example, to get a converter configured for BSON:

>>> from cattr.preconf.bson import make_converter
>>> converter = make_converter()   # Takes the same parameters as the ``GenConverter``

Converters obtained this way can be customized further, just like any other converter.

These converters support the following classes and type annotations, both for structuring and unstructuring:

  • str, bytes, int, float, int enums, string enums

  • attrs classes and dataclasses

  • lists, homogenous tuples, heterogenous tuples, dictionaries, counters, sets, frozensets

  • optionals

  • sequences, mutable sequences, mappings, mutable mappings, sets, mutable sets

  • datetime.datetime

Particular libraries may have additional constraints documented below.

Standard library json

Found at cattr.preconf.json.

Bytes are serialized as base 85 strings. Counters are serialized as dictionaries. Sets are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into sets. datetime s are serialized as ISO 8601 strings.

ujson

Found at cattr.preconf.ujson.

Bytes are serialized as base 85 strings. Sets are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into sets. datetime s are serialized as ISO 8601 strings.

ujson doesn’t support integers less than -9223372036854775808, and greater than 9223372036854775807, nor does it support float(‘inf’).

orjson

Found at cattr.preconf.orjson.

Bytes are serialized as base 85 strings. Sets are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into sets. datetime s are serialized as ISO 8601 strings.

orjson doesn’t support integers less than -9223372036854775808, and greater than 9223372036854775807. orjson only supports mappings with string keys so mappings will have their keys stringified before serialization, and destringified during deserialization.

msgpack

Found at cattr.preconf.msgpack.

Sets are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into sets. datetime s are serialized as UNIX timestamp float values.

msgpack doesn’t support integers less than -9223372036854775808, and greater than 18446744073709551615.

When parsing msgpack data from bytes, the library needs to be passed strict_map_key=False to get the full range of compatibility.

bson

Found at cattr.preconf.bson. Tested against the bson module bundled with the pymongo library, not the standalone PyPI bson package.

Sets are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into sets.

bson doesn’t support integers less than -9223372036854775808 or greater than 9223372036854775807 (64-bit signed). bson does not support null bytes in mapping keys. bson only supports mappings with string keys so mappings will have their keys stringified before serialization, and destringified during deserialization. The bson datetime representation doesn’t support microsecond accuracy.

When encoding and decoding, the library needs to be passed codec_options=bson.CodecOptions(tz_aware=True) to get the full range of compatibility.

pyyaml

Found at cattr.preconf.pyyaml.

Frozensets are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into frozensets.

tomlkit

Found at cattr.preconf.tomlkit.

Bytes are serialized as base 85 strings. Sets are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into sets. Tuples are serialized as lists, and deserialized back into tuples. tomlkit only supports mappings with string keys so mappings will have their keys stringified before serialization, and destringified during deserialization.