New in version 2.3.
This module adds the ability to import Python modules (*.py,
*.py[co]) and packages from ZIP-format archives. It is usually
not needed to use the zipimport module explicitly; it is
automatically used by the builtin import mechanism for
sys.path items that are paths to ZIP archives.
sys.path is a list of directory names as strings. This
module also allows an item of
sys.path to be a string naming a ZIP
file archive. The ZIP archive can contain a subdirectory structure to
support package imports, and a path within the archive can be specified to
only import from a subdirectory. For example, the path
/tmp/example.zip/lib/ would only import from the
lib/ subdirectory within the archive.
Any files may be present in the ZIP archive, but only files .py and .py[co] are available for import. ZIP import of dynamic modules (.pyd, .so) is disallowed. Note that if an archive only contains .py files, Python will not attempt to modify the archive by adding the corresponding .pyc or .pyo file, meaning that if a ZIP archive doesn't contain .pyc files, importing may be rather slow.
Using the built-in reload() function will fail if called on a module loaded from a ZIP archive; it is unlikely that reload() would be needed, since this would imply that the ZIP has been altered during runtime.
The available attributes of this module are: