Pure-python wrapper generator for ctypes
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                  (c) Ctypesgen developers 2007-2015

ctypesgen is a pure-python ctypes wrapper generator. It can also
output JSON, which can be used with Mork, which generates bindings for
Lua, using the alien module (which binds libffi to Lua).


See https://github.com/davidjamesca/ctypesgen/wiki for full documentation.

Basic Usage

This project automatically generates ctypes wrappers for header files written
in C.

For example, if you'd like to generate Neon bindings, you can do so using this

  $ python ctypesgen.py -lneon /usr/local/include/neon/ne_*.h -o neon.py

Some libraries, such as APR, need special flags to compile. You can pass these
flags in on the command line.

For example:

$ FLAGS = `apr-1-config --cppflags --includes`
$ python ctypesgen.py $FLAGS -llibapr-1.so $HOME/include/apr-1/apr*.h -o apr.py

Sometimes, libraries will depend on each other. You can specify these
dependencies using -mmodule, where module is the name of the dependency module.

Here's an example for apr_util:

$ python ctypesgen.py $FLAGS -llibaprutil-1.so $HOME/include/apr-1/ap[ru]*.h \
    -mapr -o apr_util.py

If you want JSON output (e.g. for generating Lua bindings), use
--output-language=json. When outputting JSON, you will probably want to use
--all-headers --builtin-symbols --no-stddef-types --no-gnu-types
--no-python-types too.


ctypesgen is distributed under the New (2-clause) BSD License:

libffi is a portable Foreign Function Interface library:

Mork, the friendly alien, can be found at: