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sys.modules: a dict of currently-loaded/imported modules (the module name (string) –> the module object).

#=> <module 're' from '/usr/lib/python3.4/'>

Q: how can I see from which file a module was loaded? (possibly to look at its source, see its version num, etc.)

1 Using your own local modules

For modules you’ve dropped into ~/pylib:

import sys
sys.path.insert(0, '/home/john/pylib')

2 Installing modules

For system-wide modules, use apt.

For your own venvs (see the venvs chapter), use pip.

3 Packaging

Use distutils. Maybe use setuptools, if you need it.

Use wheels and twine, if you need it.

For more, see the Python Packaging User Guide by the illustrious Python Packaging Authority. PyPA repos at

Legacy: eggs, easy_install