# [Tex/LaTex] is there a python module for parsing LaTeX

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I am looking to write python programs that modify LaTeX source files. To do this I would like to have a basic parser in python that can reliably read and write LaTeX files while maintaining the tree. I'm okay if it is not a full implementation, but I need it to handle LaTeX's odd quoting rules and {} notation. Regular expressions simply do not work for this, due to the fact that braces can be recursive.

EDIT:

The main thing I want to handle is recursive braces, which is why I need a parser, rather than a simple lexical analyzer. That is, I want to be able to register \foo{} as a command I care about and catch:

\foo{this is the foo argument}


But I also want to be able to catch:

\foo{this is \emph{really} the foo argument}


Is there any such python module out there?

#### Best Answer

Please see if the LatexWalker class of pylatexenc can help:

from pylatexenc.latexwalker import LatexWalker

w = LatexWalker(r"\foo{this is \emph{really} the foo argument}")
(nodelist, pos, len_) = w.get_latex_nodes(pos=0)

print(nodelist[0].macroname)
print(nodelist[1].latex_verbatim())

>>> foo
{this is \emph{really} the foo argument}