How to pretty print nested dictionaries?


Question

How can I pretty print a dictionary with depth of ~4 in Python? I tried pretty printing with pprint(), but it did not work:

import pprint 
pp = pprint.PrettyPrinter(indent=4)
pp.pprint(mydict)

I simply want an indentation ("\t") for each nesting, so that I get something like this:

key1
    value1
    value2
    key2
       value1
       value2

etc.

How can I do this?

1
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10/18/2017 11:31:36 PM

Accepted Answer

I'm not sure how exactly you want the formatting to look like, but you could start with a function like this:

def pretty(d, indent=0):
   for key, value in d.items():
      print('\t' * indent + str(key))
      if isinstance(value, dict):
         pretty(value, indent+1)
      else:
         print('\t' * (indent+1) + str(value))
116
3/10/2019 3:52:30 PM

My first thought was that the JSON serializer is probably pretty good at nested dictionaries, so I'd cheat and use that:

>>> import json
>>> print json.dumps({'a':2, 'b':{'x':3, 'y':{'t1': 4, 't2':5}}},
...                  sort_keys=True, indent=4)
{
    "a": 2,
    "b": {
        "x": 3,
        "y": {
            "t1": 4,
            "t2": 5
        }
    }
}

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