[Fixed]-Can I detect if my code is running on cPython or Jython?


if you’re running Jython

import platform

return ‘Java’
here has some discussion, hope this helps.


The most clear-cut way is:

import platform



By default, most of the time the underlying interpreter is CPython only which is also arguably the most efficient one 🙂


As sunqiang pointed out

import platform

works for Jython 2.5, but this doesn’t work on Jython 2.2 (the previous Jython release). Also, there has been some discussion about returning more operating system specific details for calls like these in Jython 3.x. Nothing has been decided there, but to be safely backwards and forwards compatible, I would suggest using:

import sys

Which will return True for Jython and False everywhere else (actually in Jython 2.2 or older it returns 1 for Jython and 0 everywhere else, but this will still work fine in if statements and other checks). This call works in Jython at least as far back as 2.1, and will work for the foreseeable future.

In Python versions 2.6 or above (note Jython 2.6 has not yet been released) another option is:

import platform

Which returns ‘CPython’ for the C implementation of Python, ‘IronPython’ for IronPython and will return ‘Jython’ for Jython. Obviously this one isn’t backwards compatible below 2.6, but will be forwards compatible.


In Python 3.3 and beyond you can use sys.implementation and look at the name attribute.


You’ll have unique settings.py for every different environment.

Your development settings.py should not be your QA/Test or production settings.py.

What we do is this.

We have a “master” settings.py that contains the installed apps and other items which don’t change much.

We have environment-specific files with names like settings_dev_win32.py and settings_qa_linux2.py and
‘settings_co_linux2.py`, etc.

Each of these environment-specific settings imports the “master” settings, and then overrides things like the DB driver. Since each settings file is unique to an environment, there are no if-statements and no detecting which environment we’re running in.

Production (in Apache, using mod_wsgi and mysql) uses the settings_prod_linux2.py file and no other.

Development (in Windows using sqlite) uses the settings_dev_win32.py file.


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