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Typeshed contains external type annotations for the Python standard library and Python builtins, as well as third party packages as contributed by people external to those projects.

This data can e.g. be used for static analysis, type checking or type inference.

For information on how to use typeshed, read below. Information for contributors can be found in [CONTRIBUTING.md](CONTRIBUTING.md). Please read it before submitting pull requests; do not report issues with annotations to the project the stubs are for, but instead report them here to typeshed.

Further documentation on stub files, typeshed, and Python's typing system in general, can also be found at https://typing.readthedocs.io/en/latest/.

Typeshed supports Python versions 3.7 and up.


If you're just using mypy (or pytype or PyCharm), as opposed to developing it, you don't need to interact with the typeshed repo at all: a copy of standard library part of typeshed is bundled with mypy. And type stubs for third party packages and modules you are using can be installed from PyPI. For example, if you are using six and requests, you can install the type stubs using

$ pip install types-six types-requests

These PyPI packages follow PEP 561 and are automatically released (multiple times a day, when needed) by typeshed internal machinery.

Type checkers should be able to use these stub packages when installed. For more details, see the documentation for your type checker.

The _typeshed package

typeshed includes a package _typeshed as part of the standard library. This package and its submodules contains utility types, but is not available at runtime. For more information about how to use this package, see the stdlib/_typeshed directory.


If you've run into behavior in the type checker that suggests the type stubs for a given library are incorrect or incomplete, we want to hear from you!

Our main forum for discussion is the project's GitHub issue tracker. This is the right place to start a discussion of any of the above or most any other topic concerning the project.

If you have general questions about typing with Python, or you need a review of your type annotations or stubs outside of typeshed, head over to our discussion forum. For less formal discussion, try the typing chat room on gitter.im. Some typeshed maintainers are almost always present; feel free to find us there and we're happy to chat. Substantive technical discussion will be directed to the issue tracker.