Global Options Object

The global ezdxf options are stored in the object ezdxf.options.

Recommended usage of the global options object:

import ezdxf

value = ezdxf.options.attribute

The options object uses the Standard Python class ConfigParser to manage the configuration. Shortcut attributes like test_files are simple properties and most shortcuts are read only marked by (Read only), read and writeable attributes are marked by (Read/Write).

To change options, especially the read only attributes, you have to edit the config file with a text editor, or set options by the set() method and write the current configuration into a config file.

Config Files

The default config files are loaded from the user home directory as “~/.config/ezdxf/ezdxf.ini”, and the current working directory as “./ezdxf.ini”. A custom config file can be specified by the environment variable EZDXF_CONFIG_FILE. Ezdxf follows the XDG Base Directory specification if the environment variable XDG_CONFIG_HOME is set.

The config file loading order:

  1. user home directory: “~/.config/ezdxf/ezdxf.ini”

  2. current working directory: “./ezdxf.ini”

  3. config file specified by EZDXF_CONFIG_FILE

A configuration file that is loaded later does not replace the previously loaded ones, only the existing options in the newly loaded file are added to the configuration and can overwrite existing options.

Configuration files are regular INI files, managed by the standard Python ConfigParser class.

File Structure:

default_dimension_text_style = OpenSansCondensed-Light
test_files = D:\Source\dxftest
support_dirs =
    "C:\Program Files\Bricsys\BricsCAD V23 en_US\Fonts",
load_proxy_graphics = true
store_proxy_graphics = true
log_unprocessed_tags = false
filter_invalid_xdata_group_codes = true
write_fixed_meta_data_for_testing = false
disable_c_ext = false

text_editor = "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" "{filename}" -n{num}

Modify and Save Changes

This code shows how to get and set values of the underlying ConfigParser object, but use the shortcut attributes if available:

# Set options, value has to ba a str, use "true"/"false" for boolean values
ezdxf.options.set(section, key, value)

# Get option as string
value = ezdxf.options.get(section, key, default="")

# Special getter for boolean, int and float
value = ezdxf.options.get_bool(section, key, default=False)
value = ezdxf.options.get_int(section, key, default=0)
value = ezdxf.options.get_float(section, key, default=0.0)

If you set options, they are not stored automatically in a config file, you have to write back the config file manually:

# write back the default user config file "ezdxf.ini" in the
# user home directory

# write back to the default config file "ezdxf.ini" in the
# current working directory

# write back to a specific config file
# which has to be loaded manually at startup

This example shows how to change the test_files path and save the changes into a custom config file “my_config.ini”:

import ezdxf

test_files = Path("~/my-dxf-test-files").expand_user()
    ezdxf.options.CORE,  # section
    "test_files",  # key
    "~/my-dxf-test-files",  # value

Use a Custom Config File

You can specify a config file by the environment variable EZDXF_CONFIG_FILE, which is loaded after the default config files.

C:\> set EZDXF_CONFIG_FILE=D:\user\path\custom.ini

Custom config files are not loaded automatically like the default config files.

This example shows how to load the previous created custom config file “my_config.ini” from the current working directory:

import ezdxf"my_config.ini")

That is all and because this is the last loaded config file, it overrides all default config files and the config file specified by EZDXF_CONFIG_FILE.


ezdxf.options.set(section: str, key: str, value: str)

Set option key in section to values as str.

ezdxf.options.get(section: str, key: str, default: str = '') str

Get option key in section as string.

ezdxf.options.get_bool(section: str, key: str, default: bool = False) bool

Get option key in section as bool.

ezdxf.options.get_int(section: str, key: str, default: int = 0) int

Get option key in section as int.

ezdxf.options.get_float(section: str, key: str, default: float = 0.0) flot

Get option key in section as float.

ezdxf.options.write(fp: TextIO)

Write configuration into given file object fp, the file object must be a writeable text file with “utf8” encoding.

ezdxf.options.write_file(filename: str = 'ezdxf.ini')

Write current configuration into file filename, default is “ezdxf.ini” in the current working directory.


Write configuration into file “~/.config/ezdxf/ezdxf.ini”, $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is supported if set.

ezdxf.options.read_file(filename: str)

Append content from config file filename, but does not reset the configuration.


Print configuration to stdout.


Reset options to factory default values.


Delete the default config files “ezdxf.ini” in the current working and in the user home directory “~/.config/ezdxf”, $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is supported if set.


Enable/disable proxy graphic load/store support by setting the options load_proxy_graphics and store_proxy_graphics to state.


Read only property of loaded config files as tuple for Path objects.

Core Options

For all core options the section name is core.

Default Dimension Text Style

The default dimension text style is used by the DIMENSION renderer of ezdxf, if the specified text style exist in the STYLE table. To use any of the default style of ezdxf you have to setup the styles at the creation of the DXF document:, or setup the ezdxf default styles for a loaded DXF document:

import ezdxf
from ezdxf.tool.standard import setup_drawing

doc = ezdxf.readfile("your.dxf")

Config file key: default_dimension_text_style

Shortcut attribute:


(Read/Write) Get/Set default text style for DIMENSION rendering, default value is OpenSansCondensed-Light.

Load Proxy Graphic

Proxy graphics are not essential for DXF files, but they can provide a simple graphical representation for complex entities, but extra memory is needed to store this information. You can save some memory by not loading the proxy graphic, but the proxy graphic is lost if you write back the DXF file.

The current version of ezdxf uses this proxy graphic to render MLEADER entities by the drawing add-on.

Config file key: load_proxy_graphics

Shortcut attribute:


(Read/Write) Load proxy graphics if True, default is True.

Store Proxy Graphic

Prevent exporting proxy graphics if set to False.

Config file key: store_proxy_graphics

Shortcut attribute:


(Read/Write) Export proxy graphics if True, default is True.

Support Directories

Search directories for support files:

  • plot style tables, the .ctb or .stb pen assignment files

  • shape font files of type .shx or .shp or .lff

Config file key: support_dirs

Shortcut attribute:


(Read/Write) Search directories as list of strings.

Use quotes for paths including spaces:

support_dirs =
    "~/dir 3",

Debugging Options

For all debugging options the section name is core.

Test Files

Path to test files. Some of the CADKit test files are used by the integration tests, these files should be located in the ezdxf.options.test_files_path / "CADKitSamples" folder.

Config file key: test_files

Shortcut attributes:


(Read only) Returns the path to the ezdxf test files as str, expands “~” construct automatically.


(Read only) Path to test files as pathlib.Path object.

Filter Invalid XDATA Group Codes

Only a very limited set of group codes is valid in the XDATA section and AutoCAD is very picky about that. Ezdxf removes invalid XDATA group codes if this option is set to True, but this needs processing time, which is wasted if you get your DXF files from trusted sources like AutoCAD or BricsCAD.

Config file key: filter_invalid_xdata_group_codes


(Read only) Filter invalid XDATA group codes, default value is True.

Log Unprocessed Tags

Logs unprocessed DXF tags, this helps to find new and undocumented DXF features.

Config file key: log_unprocessed_tags


(Read/Write) Log unprocessed DXF tags for debugging, default value is False.

Write Fixed Meta Data for Testing

Write the DXF files with fixed meta data to test your DXF files by a diff-like command, this is necessary to get always the same meta data like the saving time stored in the HEADER section. This may not work across different ezdxf versions!

Config file key: write_fixed_meta_data_for_testing


(Read/Write) Enable this option to always create same meta data for testing scenarios, e.g. to use a diff-like tool to compare DXF documents, default is False.

Disable C-Extension

It is possible to deactivate the optional C-extensions if there are any issues with the C-extensions. This has to be done in a default config file or by environment variable before the first import of ezdxf. For pypy3 the C-extensions are always disabled, because the JIT compiled Python code is much faster.


This option works only in the default config files, user config files which are loaded by ezdxf.options.read_file() cannot disable the C-Extensions, because at this point the setup process of ezdxf is already finished!

Config file key: disable_c_ext


(Read only) This option disables the C-extensions if True. This can only be done before the first import of ezdxf by using a config file or the environment variable EZDXF_DISABLE_C_EXT.

Use C-Extensions


(Read only) Shows the actual state of C-extensions usage.

Environment Variables

Some feature can be controlled by environment variables. Command line example for disabling the optional C-extensions on Windows:



If you change any environment variable, you have to restart the Python interpreter!


Set environment variable EZDXF_DISABLE_C_EXT to 1 or True to disable the usage of the C-extensions.


Path to the ezdxf test files required by some tests, for instance the CADKit sample files should be located in the EZDXF_TEST_FILES/CADKitSamples folder. See also option ezdxf.options.test_files.


Specifies a user config file which will be loaded automatically after the default config files at the first import of ezdxf.