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python – How to get a function name as a string?

Posted by: admin February 21, 2020 Leave a comment


In Python, how do I get a function name as a string, without calling the function?

def my_function():

print get_function_name_as_string(my_function) # my_function is not in quotes

should output "my_function".

Is such function available in Python? If not, any ideas on how to implement get_function_name_as_string, in Python?

How to&Answers:

Using __name__ is the preferred method as it applies uniformly. Unlike func_name, it works on built-in functions as well:

>>> import time
>>> time.time.func_name
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
AttributeError: 'builtin_function_or_method' object has no attribute 'func_name'
>>> time.time.__name__ 

Also the double underscores indicate to the reader this is a special attribute. As a bonus, classes and modules have a __name__ attribute too, so you only have remember one special name.


To get the current function’s or method’s name from inside it, consider:

import inspect

this_function_name = inspect.currentframe().f_code.co_name

sys._getframe also works instead of inspect.currentframe although the latter avoids accessing a private function.

To get the calling function’s name instead, consider f_back as in inspect.currentframe().f_back.f_code.co_name.

If also using mypy, it can complain that:

error: Item “None” of “Optional[FrameType]” has no attribute “f_code”

To suppress the above error, consider:

import inspect
import types
from typing import cast

this_function_name = cast(types.FrameType, inspect.currentframe()).f_code.co_name



There are also other fun properties of functions. Type dir(func_name) to list them. func_name.func_code.co_code is the compiled function, stored as a string.

import dis

will display the code in almost human readable format. 🙂


This function will return the caller’s function name.

def func_name():
    import traceback
    return traceback.extract_stack(None, 2)[0][2]

It is like Albert Vonpupp’s answer with a friendly wrapper.


If you’re interested in class methods too, Python 3.3+ has __qualname__ in addition to __name__.

def my_function():

class MyClass(object):
    def method(self):

print(my_function.__name__)         # gives "my_function"
print(MyClass.method.__name__)      # gives "method"

print(my_function.__qualname__)     # gives "my_function"
print(MyClass.method.__qualname__)  # gives "MyClass.method"


I like using a function decorator.
I added a class, which also times the function time. Assume gLog is a standard python logger:

class EnterExitLog():
    def __init__(self, funcName):
        self.funcName = funcName

    def __enter__(self):
        gLog.debug('Started: %s' % self.funcName)
        self.init_time = datetime.datetime.now()
        return self

    def __exit__(self, type, value, tb):
        gLog.debug('Finished: %s in: %s seconds' % (self.funcName, datetime.datetime.now() - self.init_time))

def func_timer_decorator(func):
    def func_wrapper(*args, **kwargs):
        with EnterExitLog(func.__name__):
            return func(*args, **kwargs)

    return func_wrapper

so now all you have to do with your function is decorate it and voila

def my_func():


sys._getframe() is not guaranteed to be available in all implementations of Python (see ref) ,you can use the traceback module to do the same thing, eg.

import traceback
def who_am_i():
   stack = traceback.extract_stack()
   filename, codeline, funcName, text = stack[-2]

   return funcName

A call to stack[-1] will return the current process details.


import inspect

def foo():


  • stack()[0] the caller

  • stack()[3] the string name of the method


As an extension of @Demyn’s answer, I created some utility functions which print the current function’s name and current function’s arguments:

import inspect
import logging
import traceback

def get_function_name():
    return traceback.extract_stack(None, 2)[0][2]

def get_function_parameters_and_values():
    frame = inspect.currentframe().f_back
    args, _, _, values = inspect.getargvalues(frame)
    return ([(i, values[i]) for i in args])

def my_func(a, b, c=None):
    logging.info('Running ' + get_function_name() + '(' + str(get_function_parameters_and_values()) +')')

logger = logging.getLogger()
handler = logging.StreamHandler()
formatter = logging.Formatter(
    '%(asctime)s [%(levelname)s] -> %(message)s')

my_func(1, 3) # 2016-03-25 17:16:06,927 [INFO] -> Running my_func([('a', 1), ('b', 3), ('c', None)])


You just want to get the name of the function here is a simple code for that.
let say you have these functions defined

def function1():
    print "function1"

def function2():
    print "function2"

def function3():
    print "function3"
print function1.__name__

the output will be function1

Now let say you have these functions in a list

a = [function1 , function2 , funciton3]

to get the name of the functions

for i in a:
    print i.__name__

the output will be



I’ve seen a few answers that utilized decorators, though I felt a few were a bit verbose. Here’s something I use for logging function names as well as their respective input and output values. I’ve adapted it here to just print the info rather than creating a log file and adapted it to apply to the OP specific example.

def debug(func=None):
    def wrapper(*args, **kwargs):
            function_name = func.__func__.__qualname__
            function_name = func.__qualname__
        return func(*args, **kwargs, function_name=function_name)
    return wrapper

def my_function(**kwargs):



{'function_name': 'my_function'}