skip to navigation
skip to content

yq 2.4.1

Command-line YAML and XML processor - jq wrapper for YAML and XML documents


pip install yq

Before using yq, you also have to install its dependency, jq. See the jq installation instructions for details and directions specific to your platform.


yq’s mode of operation is simple: it transcodes YAML on standard input to JSON (using the key-order-preserving equivalent of yaml.safe_load_all to avoid dangerous vulnerabilities in YAML/PyYAML design) and pipes it to jq:

cat input.yml | yq

Or specify the filename directly:

yq input.yml

By default, no transcoding of jq output is done. Use the --yaml-output/-y argument to transcode it back into YAML (using the key-order-preserving equivalent of yaml.safe_dump_all):

cat input.yml | yq -y

Use the --width/-w argument to pass the line wrap width for string literals.

All other command line arguments are forwarded to jq. yq forwards the exit code jq produced, unless there was an error in YAML parsing, in which case the exit code is 1. See the jq manual for more details on jq features and options.

XML support

yq also supports XML. The yq package installs an executable, xq, which transcodes XML to JSON using xmltodict and pipes it to jq. Roundtrip transcoding is available with the xq --xml-output/xq -x option. Multiple XML documents can be passed in separate files/streams as xq a.xml b.xml. Entity expansion and DTD resolution is disabled to avoid XML parsing vulnerabilities.

Compatibility note

This package’s release series available on PyPI begins with version 2.0.0. Versions of yq prior to 2.0.0 are distributed by and are not related to this package. No guarantees of compatibility are made between abesto/yq and kislyuk/yq. This package follows the Semantic Versioning 2.0.0 standard. To ensure proper operation, declare dependency version ranges according to SemVer.


  • Andrey Kislyuk


Licensed under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0.

File Type Py Version Uploaded on Size
yq-2.4.1-py2.py3-none-any.whl (md5, pgp) Python Wheel 2.7 2018-02-13 8KB
yq-2.4.1.tar.gz (md5, pgp) Source 2018-02-13 7KB