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PyZMQ: Python bindings for ØMQ

This package contains Python bindings for ØMQ. ØMQ is a lightweight and fast messaging implementation.

PyZMQ should work with any Python ≥ 2.6 (including Python 3), as well as PyPy. The Cython backend used by CPython supports libzmq ≥ 2.1.4 (including 3.2.x and 4.x), but the CFFI backend used by PyPy only supports libzmq ≥ 3.2.2 (including 4.x).


Current release of pyzmq is 14.0.1, and targets libzmq-4.0.3. For libzmq 2.0.x, use pyzmq release or the 2.0.x maintenance branch. PyZMQ (on CPython via Cython) continues to support libzmq ≥ 2.1.4.

pyzmq-2.1.11 was the last version of pyzmq to support Python 2.5, and pyzmq ≥ 2.2.0 requires Python ≥ 2.6. pyzmq-13.0.0 introduces PyPy support via CFFI, which only supports libzmq-3.2.2 and newer.

PyZMQ releases ≤ 2.2.0 matched libzmq versioning, but this is no longer the case, starting with PyZMQ 13.0.0 (it was the thirteenth release, so why not?). PyZMQ ≥ 13.0 follows semantic versioning conventions accounting only for PyZMQ itself.

For a summary of changes to pyzmq, see our changelog.

ØMQ 3.x, 4.x

PyZMQ ≥ 2.2.0 fully supports the 3.x and 4.x APIs of libzmq, developed at zeromq/libzmq. No code to change, no flags to pass, just build pyzmq against the latest and it should work.

PyZMQ on PyPy only supports libzmq >= 3.2.2.


See PyZMQ's Sphinx-generated documentation on GitHub for API details, and some notes on Python and Cython development. If you want to learn about using ØMQ in general, the excellent ØMQ Guide is the place to start, which has a Python version of every example. We also have some information on our wiki


Unless you specifically want to develop PyZMQ, we recommend downloading the PyZMQ source code, eggs, or MSI installer from PyPI.

You can also get the latest source code from our GitHub repository, but building from the repository will require that you install Cython version 0.16 or later.

Building and installation

For more detail on building pyzmq, see our Wiki.

We build eggs and wheels for OS X and Windows, so you can get a binary on those platforms with either:

easy_install pyzmq


pip install --use-wheel pyzmq

But compiling from source with pip install pyzmq should work in most environments.

To build pyzmq from the git repo (including release tags) requires Cython.

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