Mypy daemon (mypy server)

Instead of running mypy as a command-line tool, you can also run it as a long-running daemon (server) process and use a command-line client to send type-checking requests to the server. This way mypy can perform type checking much faster, since program state cached from previous runs is kept in memory and doesn’t have to be read from the file system on each run. The server also uses finer-grained dependency tracking to reduce the amount of work that needs to be done.

If you have a large codebase to check, running mypy using the mypy daemon can be 10 or more times faster than the regular command-line mypy tool, especially if your workflow involves running mypy repeatedly after small edits – which is often a good idea, as this way you’ll find errors sooner.


The mypy daemon is experimental. In particular, the command-line interface may change in future mypy releases.


The mypy daemon currently supports macOS and Linux only.


Each mypy daemon process supports one user and one set of source files, and it can only process one type checking request at a time. You can run multiple mypy daemon processes to type check multiple repositories.

Basic usage

The client utility dmypy is used to control the mypy daemon. Use dmypy start -- <flags> to start the daemon. You can use almost arbitrary mypy flags after --. The daemon will always run on the current host. Example:

dmypy start -- --follow-imports=skip


You’ll need to use either the --follow-imports=skip or the --follow-imports=error option with dmypy because the current implementation can’t follow imports. See Following imports or not? for details on how these work. You can also define these using a configuration file.

The daemon will not type check anything when it’s started. Use dmypy check <files> to check some files (or directories):

dmypy check pkg1/ pkg2/

You need to provide all files or directories you want to type check (other than stubs) as arguments. This is a result of the --follow-imports restriction mentioned above.

The initial run will process all the code and may take a while to finish, but subsequent runs will be quick, especially if you’ve only changed a few files. You can use remote caching to speed up the initial run. The speedup can be significant if you have a large codebase.

Additional features

You have precise control over the lifetime of the daemon process:

  • dymypy stop stops the daemon.
  • dmypy restart -- <flags> restarts the daemon. The flags are the same as with dmypy start. This is equivalent to a stop command followed by a start.
  • Use dmypy start --timeout SECONDS -- <flags> (or dmypy restart --timeout SECONDS -- <flags>) to automatically shut down the daemon after inactivity. By default, the daemon runs until it’s explicitly stopped.

Use dmypy --help for help on additional commands and command-line options not discussed here, and dmypy <command> --help for help on command-specific options.


  • You have to use either the --follow-imports=skip or the --follow-imports=error option because of an implementation limitation. This can be defined through the command line or through a configuration file.
  • Windows is not supported.