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GObject-introspection Library Boilerplate

Just some stuff to get you started on a new library.


This is a complete, minimal example of an introspectable library based on the GObject reference manual example designed to be the basis of a new project.

It notably includes a working autotools build system that creates a gir and typelib to expose bindings to scripting languages.

For a complete explanation of this project, see the blog post I wrote about it.

Source code

This project contains three definitions:

  1. A simple class called MamanBar that is final (i.e. cannot be derived from) and has one public method and some internal state.

  2. A non-instantiable interface called MamanIbaz which specifies two methods and one property.

  3. A derivable (can be subclassed) class called MamanBaz which implements the above interface, and also adds a virtual method and a signal.


Run autogen.sh to initialize the build system and configure the project. Then run make and the project will build in the maman directory.

Using the bindings

To set up a development environment for the bindings, set these environment variables:

export GI_TYPELIB_PATH=/path/to/gi-library-boilerplate/maman:$GI_TYPELIB_PATH
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/path/to/gi-library-boilerplate/maman/.libs:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Then with the PyGObject module available, the library can be accessed like this:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

from gi.repository import Maman

# Create a new object
bar = Maman.Bar()

# Say hello to bar
words = bar.speak('Hello, world!')


# Ibaz is an interface which cannot be instantiated
# ibaz = Maman.Ibaz()
# NotImplementedError: Ibaz can not be constructed

# But we can instantiate an implementation of it
baz = Maman.Baz()

# And call methods that are defined  in the interface

# And also set and get properties
print (baz.get_property("name"))

# Connect to a signal
baz.connect("changed",lambda baz, frobs: print ("signal received from %s: %d" % (baz, frobs)))

# And make a call that will trigger the signal:
# signal received from <Baz object at 0x7f41a121f1f8 (MamanBaz at 0x26376d0)>: 42


This work is available under the GNU General Public License (See COPYING).

Copyright © 2014, Tony Crisci

(You can use your own copyright and license of course)