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Context Manager

  • Python

Context Manager

what is context

the state surrounding a section of code

why we need a context manager

  • writing try/finally every time can get cumbersom
  • easy to forget closing the file

use cases

Useful for program that needs Enter / Exit handeling

  • create / releasing resources
  • database transaction
  • set and reset decimal context

Common patterns

  • open / close
  • lock / release
  • change / reset
  • start / stop
  • enter / exit


implement these two dunder methods:

  • __enter__

    perform the setup, optionally return an object

  • __exit__

    receives error (silence or propagate)

    • need arguments exc_type, exc_value, exc_trace to handle exception
    • return True to silence exception

    perform clean up



nested contexts


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