The core agate library is designed rely on as few dependencies as possible. However, in the real world you’re often going to want to interface with more specialized tools, or with other formats, such as SQL or Excel.

Using extensions

agate support’s plugin-style extensions using a monkey-patching pattern. Libraries can be created that add new methods onto Table and TableSet. For example, agate-sql adds the ability to read and write tables from a SQL database:

import agate
import agatesql

# After calling patch the from_sql and to_sql methods are now part of the Table class
table = agate.Table.from_sql('postgresql:///database', 'input_table')
table.to_sql('postgresql:///database', 'output_table')

List of extensions

Here is a list of agate extensions that are known to be actively maintained:

Writing your own extensions

Writing your own extensions is straightforward. Create a function that acts as your “patch” and then dynamically add it to Table or TableSet.

import agate

def new_method(self):
    print('I do something to a Table when you call me.')

agate.Table.new_method = new_method

You can also create new classmethods:

def new_class_method(cls):
    print('I make Tables when you call me.')

agate.Table.new_method = classmethod(new_method)

These methods can now be called on Table class in your code:

>>> import agate
>>> import myextension
>>> table = agate.Table(rows, column_names, column_types)
>>> table.new_method()
'I do something to a Table when you call me.'
>>> agate.Table.new_class_method()
'I make Tables when you call me.'

The same pattern also works for adding methods to TableSet.