I'm reading the details of qiskit following this paper (I know it's a little bit dated, but some things shown there should be in principle still accessible). For concreteness I'm trying to see the characteristics of the backend

provider = IBMQ.get_provider(hub='ibm-q')
backend = provider.get_backend('ibmq_quito')

Now, according to the reference, the backend have to be equipped with the configuration files. However, if I do


I only get

<qiskit.providers.models.backendconfiguration.QasmBackendConfiguration object at 0x7f5f567af760>

How can I display the full information for this backend, e.g. backend_name, backend_version, etc. etc.?


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If you want, everything is detailed here about the system configuration, it will explain everything you can find in the configuration.

Just a quick resume about how to see the info : personally, I sometimes use backend.configuration().to_dict(), with this all of the information will be printed in a dict, and it's pretty easy to use. Now, you can also do a "pretty" print of this by using the Jupiter tools (there's a lot of useful stuffs here other than printing backend config just in case), anyway by doing this :

from qiskit import IBMQ
import qiskit.tools.jupyter
%matplotlib inline

provider = IBMQ.get_provider(hub='ibm-q')
backend = provider.get_backend('ibmq_quito')

This will give you a pretty print of the backend configuration :)


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