[Tutor] Linking with C programs

Kent Johnson kent37 at tds.net
Tue Sep 27 17:51:02 CEST 2005

Matt Williams wrote:
> Dear List,
> Could someone explain how, in very general terms, one would use python
> to wrap some C libraries/ API. 

The "Extending and Embedding" document is the official doc:

In addition to SWIG I have heard good things about SIP:

ctypes is another approach which lets you call C libraries directly from Python:


> I ask because there are a few bits of C software that look quite
> interesting, and I know that Python can be used to wrap the C - but how
> does it work?
> Thanks,
> Matt
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