Welcome to pyxattr’s documentation!

This is the pyxattr module, a Python extension module which gives access to the extended attributes for filesystem objects available in some operating systems.

Downloads: go to https://pyxattr.k1024.org/downloads/. Latest version is 0.6.1. The source repository is either at http://git.k1024.org/pyxattr.git or at https://github.com/iustin/pyxattr.


pyxattr has been written and tested on Linux, kernel v2.4 or later, with XFS filesystems; ext2/ext3 should work also. If any other platform implements the same behavior, pyxattr could be used.

You need to have the setuptools tool installed in order to build and install the module.


pyxattr is Copyright 2002-2008, 2012-2015 Iustin Pop.

pyxattr is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. See the COPYING file for the full license terms.

Note that previous versions had different licenses: version 0.3 was licensed under LGPL version 3 (which, I realized later, is not compatible with GPLv2, hence the change to LGPL 2.1), and even older versions were licensed under GPL v2 or later.