Features

Main Features

  • Earley parser, capable of parsing any context-free grammar

    • Implements SPPF, for efficient parsing and storing of ambiguous grammars.

  • LALR(1) parser, limited in power of expression, but very efficient in space and performance (O(n)).

    • Implements a parse-aware lexer that provides a better power of expression than traditional LALR implementations (such as ply).

  • EBNF-inspired grammar, with extra features (See: Grammar Reference)

  • Builds a parse-tree (AST) automagically based on the grammar

  • Stand-alone parser generator - create a small independent parser to embed in your project. (read more)

  • Flexible error handling by using an interactive parser interface (LALR only)

  • Automatic line & column tracking (for both tokens and matched rules)

  • Automatic terminal collision resolution

  • Grammar composition - Import terminals and rules from other grammars

  • Standard library of terminals (strings, numbers, names, etc.)

  • Unicode fully supported

  • Extensive test suite

  • Type annotations (MyPy support)

  • Pure-Python implementation

Read more about the parsers

Extra features

  • Import rules and tokens from other Lark grammars, for code reuse and modularity.

  • Support for external regex module (see here)

  • Import grammars from Nearley.js (read more)

  • CYK parser

  • Visualize your parse trees as dot or png files (see_example)

  • Automatic reconstruction of input from parse-tree (see examples)

  • Use Lark grammars in Julia and Javascript.