ANN: SIP v4.0 Released

Phil Thompson phil at
Wed Jun 23 17:52:17 CEST 2004

Riverbank Computing is pleased to announce the release of SIP v4.0 available 

SIP is a tool for generating Python modules that wrap C or C++ libraries.  It 
is similar to SWIG.  Its main use to date has been to generate PyQt and 
PyKDE. While SIP has been around since 1998, this is the first release that 
is fully documented (see

SIP is licensed under the Python License and runs on Windows, UNIX, Linux and 
MacOS/X.  SIP requires Python v2.3 or later (SIP v3.x is available to support 
earlier versions of Python).

Other features of SIP include:

- support for Python new-style classes
- generated modules are quick to import, even for large libraries
- support for Qt's signal/slot mechanism
- thread support
- the ability to re-implement C++ abstract and virtual methods in Python
- the ability to define Python classes that derive from abstract C++ classes
- the ability to spread a class hierarchy across multiple Python modules
- support for C++ namespaces
- support for C++ exceptions
- support for C++ operators
- an extensible build system written in Python that supports over 50
  platform/compiler combinations.


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