API reference

Type checking

typeguard.check_type(value, expected_type, *, forward_ref_policy=ForwardRefPolicy.WARN, typecheck_fail_callback=None, collection_check_strategy=CollectionCheckStrategy.FIRST_ITEM)

Ensure that value matches expected_type.

The types from the typing module do not support isinstance() or issubclass() so a number of type specific checks are required. This function knows which checker to call for which type.

This function wraps check_type_internal() in the following ways:

  • Respects type checking suppression (suppress_type_checks())

  • Forms a TypeCheckMemo from the current stack frame

  • Calls the configured type check fail callback if the check fails

Note that this function is independent of the globally shared configuration in typeguard.config. This means that usage within libraries is safe from being affected configuration changes made by other libraries or by the integrating application. Instead, configuration options have the same default values as their corresponding fields in TypeCheckConfiguration.

Return type:



value, unmodified


TypeCheckError – if there is a type mismatch

@typeguard.typechecked(target=None, *, forward_ref_policy=<unset>, typecheck_fail_callback=<unset>, collection_check_strategy=<unset>, debug_instrumentation=<unset>)

Instrument the target function to perform run-time type checking.

This decorator recompiles the target function, injecting code to type check arguments, return values, yield values (excluding yield from) and assignments to annotated local variables.

This can also be used as a class decorator. This will instrument all type annotated methods, including @classmethod, @staticmethod, and @property decorated methods in the class.


When Python is run in optimized mode (-O or -OO, this decorator is a no-op). This is a feature meant for selectively introducing type checking into a code base where the checks aren’t meant to be run in production.

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Import hook

typeguard.install_import_hook(packages=None, *, cls=<class 'typeguard.TypeguardFinder'>)

Install an import hook that instruments functions for automatic type checking.

This only affects modules loaded after this hook has been installed.

Return type:



a context manager that uninstalls the hook on exit (or when you call .uninstall())

New in version 2.6.

class typeguard.TypeguardFinder(packages, original_pathfinder)

Wraps another path finder and instruments the module with @typechecked if should_instrument() returns True.

Should not be used directly, but rather via install_import_hook().

New in version 2.6.


Determine whether the module with the given name should be instrumented.


module_name (str) – full name of the module that is about to be imported (e.g. xyz.abc)

Return type:


class typeguard.ImportHookManager(hook)

A handle that can be used to uninstall the Typeguard import hook.


Uninstall the import hook.

Return type:



typeguard.config: TypeCheckConfiguration

The global configuration object.

Used by @typechecked and install_import_hook(), and notably not used by check_type().

class typeguard.TypeCheckConfiguration(forward_ref_policy=ForwardRefPolicy.WARN, typecheck_fail_callback=None, collection_check_strategy=CollectionCheckStrategy.FIRST_ITEM, debug_instrumentation=False)

You can change Typeguard’s behavior with these settings.

typecheck_fail_callback: Callable[[TypeCheckError, TypeCheckMemo], Any]

Callable that is called when type checking fails.

Default: None (the TypeCheckError is raised directly)

forward_ref_policy: ForwardRefPolicy

Specifies what to do when a forward reference fails to resolve.

Default: WARN

collection_check_strategy: CollectionCheckStrategy

Specifies how thoroughly the contents of collections (list, dict, etc.) are type checked.


debug_instrumentation: bool

If set to True, the code of modules or functions instrumented by typeguard is printed to sys.stderr after the instrumentation is done

Requires Python 3.9 or newer.

Default: False

class typeguard.CollectionCheckStrategy(value, names=None, *, module=None, qualname=None, type=None, start=1, boundary=None)

Specifies how thoroughly the contents of collections are type checked.

This has an effect on the following built-in checkers:

  • AbstractSet

  • Dict

  • List

  • Mapping

  • Set

  • Tuple[<type>, ...] (arbitrarily sized tuples)


  • FIRST_ITEM: check only the first item

  • ALL_ITEMS: check all items

class typeguard.Unset
class typeguard.ForwardRefPolicy(value, names=None, *, module=None, qualname=None, type=None, start=1, boundary=None)

Defines how unresolved forward references are handled.


  • ERROR: propagate the NameError when the forward reference lookup fails

  • WARN: emit a TypeHintWarning if the forward reference lookup fails

  • IGNORE: silently skip checks for unresolveable forward references

typeguard.warn_on_error(exc, memo)

Emit a warning on a type mismatch.

This is intended to be used as an error handler in TypeCheckConfiguration.typecheck_fail_callback.

Return type:


Custom checkers

typeguard.check_type_internal(value, annotation, memo)

Check that the given object is compatible with the given type annotation.

This function should only be used by type checker callables. Applications should use check_type() instead.

  • value (Any) – the value to check

  • annotation (Any) – the type annotation to check against

  • memo (TypeCheckMemo) – a memo object containing configuration and information necessary for looking up forward references

Return type:



Load all type checker lookup functions from entry points.

All entry points from the typeguard.checker_lookup group are loaded, and the returned lookup functions are added to typeguard.checker_lookup_functions. :rtype: None


This function is called implicitly on import, unless the TYPEGUARD_DISABLE_PLUGIN_AUTOLOAD environment variable is present.

typeguard.checker_lookup_functions: list[Callable[[Any, Tuple[Any, ...], Tuple[Any, ...]], Callable[[Any, Any, Tuple[Any, ...], TypeCheckMemo], Any] | None]]

A list of callables that are used to look up a checker callable for an annotation.

class typeguard.TypeCheckMemo(globals, locals, *, self_type=None, config=TypeCheckConfiguration(forward_ref_policy=<ForwardRefPolicy.WARN: 2>, typecheck_fail_callback=None, collection_check_strategy=<CollectionCheckStrategy.FIRST_ITEM: 1>, debug_instrumentation=False))

Contains information necessary for type checkers to do their work.

globals: dict[str, Any]

Dictionary of global variables to use for resolving forward references.

locals: dict[str, Any]

Dictionary of local variables to use for resolving forward references.

self_type: type | None

When running type checks within an instance method or class method, this is the class object that the first argument (usually named self or cls) refers to.

config: TypeCheckConfiguration

Contains the configuration for a particular set of type checking operations.

Type check suppression


Decorator to indicate that annotations are not type hints.

The argument must be a class or function; if it is a class, it applies recursively to all methods and classes defined in that class (but not to methods defined in its superclasses or subclasses).

This mutates the function(s) or class(es) in place.


Temporarily suppress all type checking.

This function has two operating modes, based on how it’s used: :rtype: Union[Callable[[ParamSpec(P)], TypeVar(T)], ContextManager[None]]

  1. as a context manager (with suppress_type_checks(): ...)

  2. as a decorator (@suppress_type_checks)

When used as a context manager, check_type() and any automatically instrumented functions skip the actual type checking. These context managers can be nested.

When used as a decorator, all type checking is suppressed while the function is running.

Type checking will resume once no more context managers are active and no decorated functions are running.

Both operating modes are thread-safe.

Exceptions and warnings

exception typeguard.InstrumentationWarning(message)

Emitted when there’s a problem with instrumenting a function for type checks.

exception typeguard.TypeCheckError(message)

Raised by typeguard’s type checkers when a type mismatch is detected.

exception typeguard.TypeCheckWarning(message)

Emitted by typeguard’s type checkers when a type mismatch is detected.

exception typeguard.TypeHintWarning

A warning that is emitted when a type hint in string form could not be resolved to an actual type.