how to build windows extensions for python 3.5

Zachary Ware zachary.ware+pylist at
Mon Sep 14 17:58:57 CEST 2015

On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 10:52 AM, Robin Becker <robin at> wrote:
> I understand there have been changes to the way that extensions are supposed
> to be built for windows. Is there any user documentation regarding these
> changes? Last time I looked the appropriate Visual Studio hadn't been
> release so I guess I will need to use my MSDN skills (or incantations) to
> first get that installed.

Visual Studio 2015 has been released for about 7 weeks now.  Community
Edition (the free one) should be plenty to compile Python extensions
in either 32 or 64 bit.  In general, if you build your extensions
using distutils, it should still 'just work', but some truly exotic
situations may be different (or broken, in which case please file
bugs!).  Unfortunately I don't have any kind of documentation quick to
hand for this.


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