How to build extensions on Windows?

Sybren Stuvel sybrenUSE at
Thu Sep 7 16:14:38 CEST 2006

Kevin D  Smith enlightened us with:
> I've written a simple Python extension for UNIX, but I need to get
> it working on Windows now.  I'm having some difficulties figuring
> out how to do this.

I had to do the same, and I didn't get much result. My solution:
install Cygwin, use the Python that comes with that, and use gcc just
like you're used to. Works like a charm, but the compiled extension is
incompatible with the regular Windows Pythons from and

Sybren Stüvel
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