XPath Expressions

The Yangson library includes a fairly complete implementation of XPath parser and evaluator. It supports XPath 1.0 [XPath] with extensions defined for YANG 1.1 [RFC7950], such as new XPath functions, default namespace, and other features.

Doctest snippets in this section use the data model and instance document from Example 4.

>>> dm = DataModel.from_file("yang-library-ex4.json",
... [".", "../../../yang-modules/ietf"])
>>> with open("example-data.json") as infile:
...     ri = json.load(infile)
>>> inst = dm.from_raw(ri)

XPath Abstract Syntax Tree

The xpathast module defines classes that allow for building abstract syntax trees (AST) for XPath 1.0 expressions with extensions introduced by YANG 1.1. Only the following class is intended to be public:

  • Expr: XPath 1.0 expression with YANG 1.0 extensions.
class yangson.xpathast.Expr

An abstract superclass for nodes of the XPath abstract syntax tree. The methods of this class described below comprise the public API for compiled XPath expressions.

Public Methods

__str__() → str

Return a string representation of the receiver’s AST.

evaluate(node: InstanceNode) → XPathValue

Evaluate the receiver and return the result, which can be a node-set, string, number or boolean. The node argument is an InstanceNode that is used as the context node for XPath evaluation.

This method raises XPathTypeError if a subexpression evaluates to a value whose type is not allowed at a given place.

Parser of XPath Expressions

The xpathparser module implements a parser for XPath 1.0 expressions with YANG 1.1 extensions.

The module defines the following classes:

  • XPathParser: Recursive-descent parser for XPath expressions.
class yangson.xpathparser.XPathParser(text: str, sctx: SchemaContext) → Expr

This class is a subclass of :class:~.parser.Parser`, and implements a recursive-descent parser for XPath expressions. Constructor argument text contains the textual form of an XPath expression (see also the Parser.input attribute), and sctx initializes the value of the sctx instance attribute.

Instance Attributes


SchemaContext that specifies the schema context in which the XPath expression is parsed.

Public Methods

parse() → Expr

Parse the input XPath expression and return a node of an XPath AST that can be evaluated.

This method may raise the following exceptions:

  • InvalidXPath – if the input XPath expression is invalid.
  • NotSupported – if the input XPath expression contains a feature that isn’t supported by the implementation, such as the preceding:: axis.
  • other exceptions that are defined in the parser module.
>>> fref = inst["example-4-a:bag"]["example-4-b:fooref"]
>>> xp = 'deref(.)/../../quux[2]/preceding-sibling::quux = 3.1415'
>>> sctx = SchemaContext(dm.schema_data, 'example-4-b', ('example-4-b', ''))
>>> cxp = XPathParser(xp, sctx).parse()
>>> print(cxp, end='')
EqualityExpr (=)
        Step (self None)
          Step (parent None)
          Step (parent None)
        Step (child ('quux', None))
          -- Predicates:
             Number (2.0)
      Step (preceding_sibling ('quux', None))
  Number (3.1415)
>>> cxp.evaluate(fref)