The Config class allows user and API settings to be saved and updated using a configuration file. A config class is not required by DAPT but using one provides several advantages. First, it makes initializing a class much easier as each class can pull required attributes from a config. Second, API credentials can be stored in a config, allowing credentials to be kept in one place. Third, by allowing API tokens to be stored, there is no need to reauthenticate a service (assuming the tokens are still valid). Finally, it provides a way for users to have their own settings file.

Configuration files use JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) format. A detailed understanding of JSON is not required, but the basics should be understood. There are two main components of JSON files: key/value pairs (objects) and arrays/lists. When using key/value pairs, the pairs must be surrounded by curly braces and seporated with commas. Objects are seporated by colons (:) and keys must be sourounded by quotes. Values can be objects, arrays, strings, numbers, booleans, or null. Bellow is a sample JSON file that could be used by DAPT.

Example of a simple JSON file.

The performed-by and num-of-runs keys are reserved DAPT fields. These cause DAPT to add additional information during tests, initiate classes automatically, and change the testing behavior. The list of reserved fields and their behaviors are shown bellow. The testing-variables key has and object in it that might be used for a specific testing parameters. They name of this key does not matter as long as it is not a reserved field. To see how the Config class is used checkout the usage section or class documentation.


There are many key-value pairs which can be used in the configuration to make DAPT behave in a particular way. These keys are called fields. These fields are reserved and should not be used in your config file unless you expect DAPT to use them. A list of top level fields is provided below.

Fields Description
num-of-runs (int) The number of paramater sets to run.
performed-by (str) The username of the person that ran the parameter set.
last-test (str) The last test id that was run. If a test exits before completeing, it will be re-ran.
computer-strength (int) Only run tests on computers with sufficient power. The parameter set will only be run if this value is greater than or equal that of the parameter sets computer-strength.
sheets-spreedsheet-id (str) The Google spreedsheet ID being used.
sheets-creds-path (str) The Google Sheets credentials file path.
sheets-worksheet-id (str) The Google Sheets worksheet id. Sheets are indexed at 0.
sheets-worksheet-title (str) The Google Sheets worksheet title.
box (str) Values used by the Box storage API.
reset-time (str) The time that the box access-token needs to be refreshed.

Some of these fields are used by other DAPT classes to store values. For example, the google-sheets field has many sub-fields that set parameters in the class automatically. The spreedsheet-id sub-field sets the spreedsheet ID that should be used as the database. These sub-fields are not listed above. They are notable, however, because you may accidentally find one of these sub-fields if you recursively search a config file. If you are worried about accidentally using one of these fields, the FULL_CONFIG variable in the config module contains all of the config fields.


For these examples, the example JSON shown above is used, stored in a file named example.json. To create a Config object the path to the JSON file must be provided.

>>> config = dapt.Config(path="example.json")

The configuration should be accessed using the get_value() method. This method will returned the value of the associated key. Keys can be provided as a string or a list where elements are the path to the value. The num-or-runs attribute can be accessed as shown bellow.

>>> config.get_value("num-of-runs")

If you wanted to find the value of output-path then you specify the path to it.

>>> config.get_value(["testing-variables", "output-path"])

Alternatively, the output-path key can be accessed by using the recursive flag. This flag makes the get_value() method recursively search the JSON tree for the first occupance of the specified key. This flag will increase the look-up time and may not return the value you expect if multiple keys with that name are present.

The advantage of using the get_value() method is that None will be returned if the value is not found.

The configuration dictionary can be accessed indirectly by treating the Config object as a dictionary.

>>> config["num-of-runs"]
>>> config["testing-variables"]["output-path"]

Using this approach, the length of the dictionary can be accessed using Pythons internal len() function or any other dict method. The keys of the dictionary can be accessed using the keys() method.

Before accessing a value in the config, it is good to check that it exists. This can be done using the has_value() method. This method returns True if there is a non-none value in the config for the given key. The key and recursive attributes behave the same as with the get_value() method. For example, to check that the output-path key exists you could run the following and expect a return value of True.:

>>> config.has_value(["testing-variables", "output-path"])

If you checked for the key foo, then has_value() would return False.

To add key-value pairs to the configuration or update values, the update() method should be used. This method will allow the configuration to change and save it to the JSON file. The configuration can be changed in four different ways. First, by providing the key as a string. Second, by providing the key as an array representing a path to the value. The third method uses a str for the string and recursively finds the first occurrence of the key in the config. Lastly, the configuration can be updated by accessing the dictionary directly. Then update() can be ran without parameters to save the config. The second and last methods are required to access nested key-value pairs. All of these methods work to add new data or change values in the configuration.

>>> config.update(key="performed-by", value="John", recursive=False)
{'performed-by': 'John', 'num-of-runs': -1,
 'testing-variables': {'executable-path': './main', 'output-path': 'output/'}}
>>> config.update(key=["testing-variables", "executable-path"], value="main.exe",
{'performed-by': 'John', 'num-of-runs': -1,
 'testing-variables': {'executable-path': 'main.exe', 'output-path': 'output/'}}
>>> config.update(key="output-path", value="save/", recursive=True)
{'performed-by': 'John', 'num-of-runs': -1,
 'testing-variables':{'executable-path': 'main.exe', 'output-path': 'save/'}}
>>> config["num-of-runs"] = 3
>>> config.update()
{'performed-by': 'John', 'num-of-runs': 3,
 'testing-variables':{'executable-path': 'main.exe', 'output-path': 'save/'}}

When creating a new configuration file, the create() method can be used. This static method will create a default configuration file at the path provided. This file contains all of the possible fields used by DAPT.

>>> dapt.config.Config.create(path="new-config.json")

Configuration files can contain sensitive API credentials or passwords. Storing these in plane text or publishing configuration files online is unsecure as people can then gain access to your online services. To combate this you can “safe” the configuration file. The safe() method will remove all API credentials from the configuration so the file cannot be used to access your APIs. Currently, this this process is one-way and the credentials cannot be recovered. However, in the future this will encrypt the file can be distributed online and unlocked by people with the correct password.

class dapt.config.Config(path='config.json')

Bases: object

Class which loads and allows for editing of a config file.

Parameters:path (string) – path to config file
static create(path='config.json')

Creates a config file with the reserved keys inserted. The DEFAULT_CONFIG will be used.

Parameters:path (string) – path where config file will be written
Returns:A Config object with the newly created default configuration
get_value(key, recursive=False)

Get the first value of the given key or return None if one doesn’t exist.

  • key (str or list) – the key (given as a string) or List containing the path to the value
  • recursive (bool) – recursively look through the config for the given key. False by default. If recursive is set to True then key must be a string.

The value associated to the given key or None if the key is not in the dictionary.

has_value(key, recursive=False)

Checks to see if the config contains the key and a value other than None.

  • key (str or list) – the key (given as a string) or List containing the path to the value
  • recursive (bool) – recursively look through the config for the given key. False by default. If recursive is set to True then key must be a string.

True if the key has a value and it’s not None, False otherwise.


Get the keys from the configuration. This method only returns the keys at the top of the dictionary. It will not return any nested keys.

Returns:A list containing the keys in the dictionary.

Reads the file with path set to self.path

Returns:Dictionary of config file
static safe(path='config.json')

Safe config file by removing accessToken and refreshToken.

Parameters:path (string) – path where config file will be writen
update(key=None, value=None, recursive=False)

Given a key and associated value, updated the config file. Alternatively, you can give no arguments and the config dict will be saved. You can also do both.

  • key (str or list) – the key (given as a string) or List containing the path to the value. If None is given then nothing will be updated in the dictionary.
  • value (str) – the value associated ot the key.
  • recursive (bool) – recursively look through the config for the given key. False by default. If recursive is set to True then key must be a string.

Dictionary of config file