A pythonic syntax for Julia (for fun, not for serious use)
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This package is under heavy development and anything might change at any time. It also currently doesn't work on any release version of Julia. A nightly build is required in the meantime.

PythonSyntax.jl is a little like LispSyntax.jl, where this package gets its inspiration. But this isn't lisp syntax, it's Python syntax.

The easiest way to use this package is to define modules:

using PythonSyntax


def fizzbuzz(n):
    # this is still Julia, even though it looks like Python!
    # so range includes 1 and has length n — very different from Python.
    for i in range(1, n):
        if i % 15 == 0:
        elif i % 3 == 0:
        elif i % 5 == 0:


Remember: this is Julia, not Python. The syntax is Pythonic but the semantics are Julian.


Some identifiers are rewritten. Currently, the only rewriting is that _b suffixes in Python get mapped to ! suffixes in Julia.

Magic Syntax

PythonSyntax introduces some magic syntax that is unlike anything else in the Python language.

  • __jl__("2:2:10") escapes to Julia syntax. This can be useful if something has no clean way of being expressed pythonically. Note that this is not a runtime method: only string literals, and not strings computed at runtime, can be used.
  • __mc__(time, [i**2 for i in range(1, 10)]) allows calling Julia macros. Any number of arguments can be provided; they are given to the macro as expressions and are not evaluated, exactly as in Julia.