The easiest and purest method without relying on C headers is PyYaml (documentation), which can be installed via
pip install pyyaml:
#!/usr/bin/env python import yaml with open("example.yaml", "r") as stream: try: print(yaml.safe_load(stream)) except yaml.YAMLError as exc: print(exc)
And that’s it. A plain
yaml.load() function also exists, but
yaml.safe_load() should always be preferred unless you explicitly need the arbitrary object serialization/deserialization provided in order to avoid introducing the possibility for arbitrary code execution.
Note the PyYaml project supports versions up through the YAML 1.1 specification. If YAML 1.2 specification support is needed, see ruamel.yaml as noted in this answer.
Also, you could also use a drop in replacement for pyyaml, that keeps your yaml file ordered the same way you had it, called oyaml. View synk of oyaml here