Understanding Toml

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In the past I have used .ini files for Python config, while an older format it is easy to understand and has std-lib support with configparser. Since starting with Jekyll I have gotten used to working with ymal files. My pdf reading project needed a config file so I started to use ymal. But while looking for yaml on python docs I ran across several threads about yaml vs toml.

Reading through them changed my mind about using yaml. Reasons important to me to choose Toml:

  • Default config format for Rust-Cargo
  • Default config format for Pipenv
  • Similar structure to .ini
  • Clear way to nest tables
  • More strongly typed than yaml
  • Younger than yaml or JSON


Reddit - Yaml vs Toml

Toml Style Guide

Hugo - Toml vs JSON vs Yaml

Written on January 29, 2018