Have you tried the
__name__ attribute of the class? ie
type(x).__name__ will give you the name of the class, which I think is what you want.
>>> import itertools >>> x = itertools.count(0) >>> type(x).__name__ 'count'
If you're still using Python 2, note that the above method works with new-style classes only (in Python 3+ all classes are "new-style" classes). Your code might use some old-style classes. The following works for both: