How To Create Modules in Python is today’s topic. We will see how to create a module and import that module in Python. A module is a file containing a set of functions you want to include in your application. Python Modules refer to the file containing Python statements and definitions. Any file is a module file in Python if that file contained the Python code and saved as a .py extension.

Content Overview

  1. Why use Python Modules?
  2. How to import modules in Python?
  3. Variables in Module
  4. Naming a Module in Python
  5. Import with renaming in Python
  6. Built-in modules in Python
  7. Using the dir() Function

Why use Python Modules?

We use modules to break down large codebase into small manageable and organized files. Furthermore, modules provide the reusability of code. We can define our most used functions in the module and import it, instead of copying their definitions into different programs. Code reusability is one of the great coding principles in any programming language.

Let’s create a module. Create a file called and add the following code:

def multiply(x, y):
op = x * y=
return op

The above program returns the multiplication of two digits. So, now is now module file. We can import that file in other file and use that multiply function and get the result.

Create another file called and write the following code:

import mod
print(mod.multiply(21, 19))

So, we have created the in the same directory as, then we imported the inside the file and used the multiply function, passing the two parameters and get the result. See the output in the image below:

How to import modules in Python?

We can import the definitions inside the Python module to another Python module or Python file or the interactive interpreter in Python.

We use the import keyword to import module. If we need to import our previously defined module , then we type the following code in the file:

import mod

We can also import the direct multiply function from the mod module. See the following code:

from mod import multiply
print(multiply(21, 19))

It will also give us the same output.

Python has the ton of standard modules available.

You can check out the full list of Python standard modules . These files are in the Lib directory inside the location where you installed Python.

Standard modules can be imported the same way as we import our user-defined modules. There are no difference.

Variables in Module

Python module can contain the functions, as already described, but also variables of all types like lists, dictionaries, objects, etc.

Write the following code inside the file:

student = {
'name': 'Allan',
'age': 21,
'college': 'Yale'

Now, import the module inside the file

from mod import student

What do you think the output will be?

Naming a Module in Python

You can name the module file whatever you like, but it must have the file extension .py.

Import with renaming in Python

We can also give the alias to any Python module while importing that module. See the following example.

from mod import student as s


It will give you the same output as above. We have renamed the module to and print the variable from the file. So, that is how you can rename your module however you want.

Built-in modules in Python

There are lots of built-in modules available like math, random, datetime, etc.

Let’s import the math module and print the value of pi.


from math import pi as p


We can also import the built-in platform module.

[code language=”python”]

import platform

The output is Darwin as I am using Macbook.

Using the dir() Function

There is a built-in function in Python to list all the function names or variable names in the module. That function name is dir(). See the following example of the dir() function in Python.

[code language=”python”]

import math

m = dir(math)

Above code gives all the functions of Math module.

This will help you find certain functions within a module, that you may be looking for or intend to use.

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more tutorials coming soon