When you use a Morepath directive, for example to define a view, a path, a setting or a tween, this is called Morepath configuration. Morepath configuration can also be part of third-party code you want to use.

How it works

Morepath needs to be configured before it is run. That means that you need to run the necessary configuration steps before you pass a new instance of your application to your WSGI server:

if __name__ == '__main__':
    config = morepath.setup()

    application = App()

With morepath.setup() you cause Morepath to scan its own configuration first. You then get the configuration object to you. You can use it to scan more Python modules and packages – this could be your own code or third-party code.

In the example above, we use Config.scan() without any arguments. In that case it scans the Python package or module it is called from. In this example, that’s just the current Python module.

Once all scanning is completed, the configuration is committed and the application can be run. The commit procedure makes sure there are no conflicting pieces of configuration and resolves any configuration overrides.

Scanning dependencies

Morepath is a micro-framework at its core, but you can expand it with other packages that add extra functionality. For instance, you can use more.chameleon for templating or more.transaction for SQLAlchemy integration.

These packages contain their own Morepath configuration, so when we use these packages we need to make sure to scan them too.

Manual scan

The most explicit way of scanning your dependencies is a manual scan.

Say you depend on more.jinja2 and you want to extend the the first example.

This is what you do:

import more.jinja2

if __name__ == '__main__':
    config = morepath.setup() # setup core Morepath
    config.scan(more.jinja2) # scan Jinja2 package
    config.scan() # scan this package

    application = App()

As you can see, you need to import your dependency and scan it using config.scan. If you have more dependencies, just add them in this fashion.

Automatic scan

Manual scanning can get tedious and error-prone as you need to add each and every new dependency that you rely on.

You can use morepath.autoconfig() instead, which scans all packages that have a dependency on Morepath declared. Let’s look at a modified example that uses autoconfig:

if __name__ == '__main__':
    config = morepath.autoconfig()

    application = App()

Note that we did not use morepath.setup anymore; morepath.autoconfig() does this for you already. As you can see, we also don’t need to import any dependencies anymore. We still need to run config.scan without parameters however, so our own package or module gets scanned.

We can get rid of the config.scan() line if we move our own code into a proper Python project too.


In the previous example we still needed to scan the startup module itself, so that is why we need config.scan(). We can get rid of that line by turning the code into a full Python project with its own The looks like this:


with the code in a Python package called myapp (a directory with an file in it).

See Organizing your Project for a lot more information on how to do this, including tips on how to best organize your Python code.

Once you put your code in a Python project with a, you can simplify the configuration scan to this:

if __name__ == '__main__':

morepath.autosetup() makes sure to scan all packages with Morepath code, and commits the configuration.

Writing scannable packages

A Morepath scannable Python package has to fulfill a few requirements.

  1. The package must be made available using a file.

    See Organizing your Project and the Setuptool’s documentation for more information.

  2. The package itself or a dependency of the package must include morepath in the install_requires list of the file.

    Morepath only scans package that depend directly or indirectly on Morepath. It filters out packages which in no way depend on Morepath. So if your package has any Morepath configuration, you need to add morepath to install_requires:


    If you set up your dependencies up correctly using install_requires this should be there anyway, or be a dependency of another dependency that’s in install_requires. Morepath just uses this information to do its scan.

  3. The Python project name in should have the same name as the Python package name, or you use entry points to declare what should be scanned.

    Scan using naming convention:

    The project name defined by can be imported in Python as well: they have the same name. For example: if the project name is myapp, the package that contains your code must be named myapp as well. (not my-app or MyApp or Elephant):

    So if you have a like this:


    you should have a project directory structure like this:

    In other words, the project name myapp can be imported:

    import myapp

    If you use a namespace package, you include the full name in the


    This works with a project structure like this:

    We recommend you use this naming convention as your Python projects get a consistent layout. But you don’t have to – you can use entry points too.

    Scan entry points:

    If for some reason you want a project name that is different from the package name you can still get it scanned automatically by Morepath. In this case you need to explicitly tell Morepath what to scan with an entry point in

           'morepath': [
               'scan = my.package'

    Note that you still need to have morepath in the install_requires list for this to work.

More information

Even more information and nitty gritty details can be found in the API docs. See Morepath API.