PScript API

Convert Python to JavaScript

pscript.py2js(ob=None, new_name=None, **parser_options)

Convert Python to JavaScript.

  • ob (str, module, function, class) – The code, function or class to transpile.
  • new_name (str, optional) – If given, renames the function or class. This can be used to simply change the name and/or add a prefix. It can also be used to turn functions into methods using “”. Double-underscore name mangling is taken into account in the process.
  • parser_options – Additional options, see Parser class for details.

The JavaScript code as a str object that has a meta attribute with the following fields:

  • filename (str): the name of the file that defines the object.
  • linenr (int): the starting linenr for the object definition.
  • pycode (str): the Python code used to generate the JS.
  • pyhash (str): a hash of the Python code.
  • vars_defined (set): names defined in the toplevel namespace.
  • vars_unknown (set): names used in the code but not defined in it. This includes namespaces, e.g. “foo.some_function”.
  • vars_global (set): names explicitly declared global.
  • std_functions (set): stdlib functions used in this code.
  • std_method (set): stdlib methods used in this code.

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The Python source code for a class is acquired by name. Therefore one should avoid decorating classes in modules where multiple classes with the same name are defined. This is a consequence of classes not having a corresponding code object (in contrast to functions).

pscript.script2js(filename, namespace=None, target=None, module_type='umd', **parser_options)

Export a .py file to a .js file.

  • filename (str) – the filename of the .py file to transpile.
  • namespace (str) – the namespace for this module. (optional)
  • target (str) – the filename of the resulting .js file. If not given or None, will use the filename, but with a .js extension.
  • module_type (str) – the type of module to produce (if namespace is given), can be ‘hidden’, ‘simple’, ‘amd’, ‘umd’, default ‘umd’.
  • parser_options – additional options for the parser. See Parser class for details.

Evaluate JavaScript or Python in Node

pscript.evaljs(jscode, whitespace=True, print_result=True, extra_nodejs_args=None)

Evaluate JavaScript code in Node.js.

  • jscode (str) – the JavaScript code to evaluate.
  • whitespace (bool) – if whitespace is False, the whitespace is removed from the result. Default True.
  • print_result (bool) – whether to print the result of the evaluation. Default True. If False, larger pieces of code can be evaluated because we can use file-mode.
  • extra_nodejs_args (list) – Extra command line args to pass to nodejs.

the last result as a string.

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pscript.evalpy(pycode, whitespace=True)

Evaluate PScript code in Node.js (after translating to JS).

  • pycode (str) – the PScript code to evaluate.
  • whitespace (bool) – if whitespace is False, the whitespace is removed from the result. Default True.

the last result as a string.

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More functions

pscript.js_rename(jscode, cur_name, new_name, type=None)

Rename a function or class in a JavaScript code string.

The new name can be prefixed (i.e. have dots in it). Functions can be converted to methods by prefixing with a name that starts with a capital letter (and probably “.prototype”). Double-underscore-mangling is taken into account.

  • jscode (str) – the JavaScript source code
  • cur_name (str) – the current name (must be an identifier, e.g. no dots).
  • new_name (str) – the name to replace the current name with
  • type (str) – the Python object type, can be ‘class’ or ‘def’. If None, the type is inferred from the object name based on PEP8

the modified JavaScript source code

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Get the code for the full PScript standard library.

The given indent specifies how many sets of 4 spaces to prepend. If the full stdlib is made available in JavaScript, multiple snippets of code can be transpiled without inlined stdlib parts by using py2js(..., inline_stdlib=False).


Get list if function names and methods names in std lib.

pscript.create_js_module(name, code, imports, exports, type='umd')

Wrap the given code in an AMD module.

Note that “use strict” is added to the top of the module body. PScript does not deal with license strings; the caller should do that.

  • name (str) – the name of the module.
  • code (str) – the JS code to wrap.
  • imports (list) – the imports for this module, as string names of the dependencies. Optionally, ‘as’ can be used to make a dependency available under a specific name (e.g. ‘foo.js as foo’).
  • exports (str, list) – the result of this module (i.e. what other modules get when they import this module. Can be a JS expression or a list of names to export.
  • type (str) – the type of module to export, valid values are ‘hidden’, ‘simple’ (save module on root), ‘amd’ , ‘amd-flexx’ and ‘umd’ (case insensitive). Default ‘umd’.

The parser class

Most users probably want to use the above functions, but you can also get closer to the metal by using and/or extending the parser class.

class pscript.Parser(code, pysource=None, indent=0, docstrings=True, inline_stdlib=True)

Parser to convert Python to JavaScript.

Instantiate this class with the Python code. Retrieve the JS code using the dump() method.

In a subclass, you can implement methods called “function_x” or “method_x”, which will then be called during parsing when a function/method with name “x” is encountered. Several methods and functions are already implemented in this way.

While working on ast parsing, this resource is very helpful:

  • code (str) – the Python source code.
  • pysource (tuple) – the filename and line number that contain the source.
  • indent (int) – the base indentation level (default 0). One indentation level means 4 spaces.
  • docstrings (bool) – whether docstrings are included in JS (default True).
  • inline_stdlib (bool) – whether the used stdlib functions are inlined (default True). Set to False if the stdlib is already loaded.

Embedding raw JavaScript

PScript allows embedding raw JavaScript using the RawJS class.

class pscript.RawJS(code, _resolve_defining_module=True)

An object to wrap verbatim code to be included in the generated JavaScript. This serves a number of purposes:

  • Using code in PScript that is not valid Python syntax, like regular expressions or the jQuery object $.
  • Write high performance code that avoids Pythonic features like operator overloading.
  • In Flexx’s module system it can be used to create a stub variable in Python that does have a value in JS. This value can imported in other modules, leading to a shared value also in JS.

PScript does not verify the syntax of the code, so write carefully! To allow the features in the 3d point, this object has a magic touch: the __module__ attribute of an instance refers to the module in which it was instantiated, and if it’s a global, its defining name can be obtained.


# Syntax not usable in Py
myre = RawJS('/ab+c/')

# Code that should only execute on JS
foo = RawJS('require("some.module")')

# Performance
def bar(n):
    res = []
        for (var i=0; i<n; i++) {
            if (is_ok_num(i)) {

Dummy variables

The PScript module has a few dummy constants that can be imported and used in your code to let e.g. pyflakes know that the variable exists. E.g. from pscript import undefined, window Infinity, NaN. Arbitrary dummy variables can be imported using from pscript.stubs import JSON, foo, bar.

Marking a variable as global is also a good approach to tell pyflakes that the variable exists.