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Discussion on: How to Use C Functions in Python

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Jan Kislinger

Great example! Do you know if there is any tool to help you with using it in a package? So that if you install the package (using it automatically compiles the C code and links paths to shared objects. Maybe even writes the wrapper function in Python. Something like Rcpp for R.

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Erik W Author

Hi Jan! Off the top of my head, I don't know of anything, but have a look at Fernando B (@kodaman2 ) comment a couple comments down. He mentions SIP that can turn C or C++ bindings. If you can't find the comment, this is the link he provided:

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Fernando B 🚀

I dunno if sip is a fully automated solution, have a look at this project I believe you have to manually write the sip file (wrapper), but I could be wrong. I've never actually successfully compiled with sip.

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Mark Boer

There is quite a few ways to interface Python with C/C++. I hadn't heard of SIP before, but I think SWIG and Shiboken should be fairly similar in creating bindings automagically.

Personally I'm a big fan of Cython and pybind11. Cython was created to be able to transpile a python-like syntax to C to then compile it, but it can also be used to wrap C libraries or to interface with C code.

Pybind11 is similar to BoostPython as in that is was meant to expose C functionality to Python similar to what is being done in this article, but it also helps with converting types such as lists and tuples and makes it easier to manipulate the GIL.

If you are interested in this topic I have a talk on embedding Python into C++. Pretty much the exact opposite of this :P