Importing Data From a V2 Cog

This guide serves as a tutorial on using the DataConverter class to import settings from a V2 cog.

Things you’ll need

  1. The path where each file holding related settings in v2 is
  2. A conversion function to take the data and transform it to conform to Config

Getting your file paths

You should probably not try to find the files manually. Asking the user for the base install path and using a relative path to where the data should be, then testing that the file exists there is safer. This is especially True if your cog has multiple settings files


from discord.ext import commands
from pathlib import Path

async def file_finding_command(self, ctx, filepath):
    this finds a file based on a user provided input and a known relative path

    base_path = Path(filepath)
    fp = base_path / 'data' / 'mycog' / 'settings.json'
    if not fp.is_file():
        # fail, prompting user
        # do something with the file

Converting data

Once you’ve gotten your v2 settings file, you’ll want to be able to import it There are a couple options available depending on how you would like to convert the data.

The first one takes a data path, and a conversion function and does the rest for you. This is great for simple data that just needs to quickly be imported without much modification.

Here’s an example of that in use:

from pathlib import Path
from discord.ext import commands

from redbot.core.utils.data_converter import DataConverter as dc
from redbot.core.config import Config


    async def import_v2(self, file_path: Path):
        to be called from a command limited to owner

        This should be a coroutine as the convert function will
        need to be awaited

        # First we give the converter our cog's Config instance.
        converter = dc(self.config)

        # next we design a way to get all of the data into Config's internal
        # format. This should be a generator, but you can also return a single
        # list with identical results outside of memory usage
        def conversion_spec(v2data):
            for guild_id in
                yield {(Config.GUILD, guild_id): {('blacklisted',): True}}
                # This is yielding a dictionary that is designed for config's set_raw.
                # The keys should be a tuple of Config scopes + the needed Identifiers. The
                # values should be another dictionary whose keys are tuples representing
                # config settings, the value should be the value to set for that.

        # Then we pass the file and the conversion function
        await converter.convert(file_path, conversion_spec)
        # From here, our data should be imported

You can also choose to convert all of your data and pass it as a single dict This can be useful if you want finer control over the dataconversion or want to preserve any data from v3 that may share the same entry and set it aside to prompt a user

from pathlib import Path
from discord.ext import commands

from redbot.core.utils.data_converter import DataConverter as dc
from redbot.core.config import Config


await dc(config_instance).dict_import(some_processed_dict)

The format of the items of the dict is the same as in the above example

Config Scopes and their Identifiers

This section is provided as a quick reference for the identifiers for default scopes available in Config. This does not cover usage of custom scopes, though the data converter is compatible with those as well.

(Config.GUILD, guild_id)
(Config.CHANNEL, channel_id)
(Config.USER, user_id)
(Config.MEMBER, guild_id, user_id)
(Config.ROLE, role_id)

More information and Examples

For a more in depth look at how all of these commands function You may want to take a look at how core data is being imported