Filter JSON output

JSON output of any command can be filtered with --filter argument.


Filters separated by . or - and can be one of the following type:

  • Field name to get some field from dict output.
  • Sum of fields. Will return dictionary with given fields. For example, name+license will return {"license": "BSD-2-Clause", "name": "click"}.
  • Index to get some element from list output.
  • Slice to get set of elements from list output. For example:
    • :10 to get first 10 elements,
    • 10: to drop out first 10 elements,
    • 2:5 to get elements with indices 2, 3 and 4.
  • Function to process output.


  • each() or # – convert list of dicts to dict of lists and vice versa. For example, [{a: 1, b: 2}, {a: 3, b: 4}] will be converted into {a: [1, 3], b: [2, 4]}.
  • first() or 0 – get first element from list.
  • flatten() or flat() – squash list of lists into one-level (flat) list.
  • last() or latest() – get last element from list.
  • len(), length(), count() or size() – get count of elements in a list.
  • max() – get maximum value from a list.
  • min() – get minimum value from a list.
  • reverse() or reversed() – reverse values in a list.
  • sort() or sorted() – sort values in a list.
  • sum() – sum of values in a list.
  • type() – get value type.
  • zip() – transpose output. [[a, b], [c, d], [e, f]] will be converted into [[a, c, e], [b, d, f]].

First filter gets command output. Next filters get output from previous filter.


Let’s filter output of dephell package show:

$ dephell package show textdistance
  "authors": [
    "orsinium <[email protected]>"
  "description": "Compute distance between the two texts.",
  "installed": [],
  "latest": "4.1.2",
  "license": "MIT",
  "links": {
    "download": "",
    "homepage": "",
    "package": ""
  "name": "textdistance",
  "updated": "2019-03-18"

Get some fields:

# one field value:
$ dephell package show --filter=latest textdistance

# a few fields:
$ dephell package show --filter="latest+installed" textdistance
  "installed": [],
  "latest": "4.1.2"

Filter list items:

$ dephell package show --filter=authors click
  "Armin Ronacher <[email protected]>",
  "Pallets Team <[email protected]>"

# first element
$ dephell package show --filter="authors.first()" click
Armin Ronacher <[email protected]>

# last element
$ dephell package show --filter="authors.last()" click
Pallets Team <[email protected]>

# get element by index
$ dephell package show --filter="authors.0" click
Armin Ronacher <[email protected]>

# reverse list
$ dephell package show --filter="authors.reverse()" click
  "Pallets Team <[email protected]>",
  "Armin Ronacher <[email protected]>"

# get records count
$ dephell package show --filter="authors.len()" click

Work with items in a list:

dephell package search author:orsinium
    "description": "Work with python versions",
    "name": "dephell-pythons",
    "url": "",
    "version": "0.1.0"

# get field from each record
$ dephell package search --filter="" author:orsinium

# sort
$ dephell package search --filter="" author:orsinium

# get a few fields
$ dephell package search --filter="" author:orsinium
    "description": "Find project modules and data files (packages and package_data for",
    "name": "dephell-discover"
    "description": "UNIX pipeline on python and steroids",
    "name": "pros"

# get only first 10 elements for previous filter:
$ dephell package search --filter="" author:orsinium


In some rare cases you could want to specify some complex filter that not covered by DepHell. So, you can process DepHell output into some other command that can process JSON. Some of them:

Also, it’s recommend for better processing to disable INFO-messages and progress bars. For example:

$ dephell deps licenses --level=WARNING --silent | jq --compact-output '."Apache-2.0"'