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To get started developing on talib, clone the latest code from git and
$ git clone git://
$ cd ta-lib
# you can run "git pull" here (no quotes) to update the sources in the future
$ make build
$ [sudo] make install
Here's the full list of make commands (see the Makefile file):
make build # builds and places libs in the project directory; required for testing
make clean # cleans the local build files
make install # installs talib system-wide
make generate: # generates a fresh func.pyx file. Requires talib and TA-Lib to both be installed
make perf # run performance profiling
make test # run tests
The source code is comprised of one python package, located in the talib
directory, which itself has three Cython modules: func, abstract, and
An internal-use module for functionality shared between func and abstract.
This file is generated automatically by tools/ and any changes made
to it directly will get overwritten!
This file contains the code for interfacing with the TA-Lib abstract interface
and wrapping it into a pythonic Function class.
This "Cython header file" defines the C-level functions, variables and types we
need to use in the above pyx files.
This file contains code for interfacing a "streaming" interface to TA-Lib.
A script that generates and prints func.pyx to stdout. Gets information
about all functions from the C headers of the installed TA-Lib.
If you are interested in developing new indicator functions or whatnot on
the underlying TA-Lib, you must install TA-Lib from svn. Here's how (Linux
$ cd ~/dev
$ svn checkout svn:// ta-lib-code
# later revisions break building ta_regtest (but claim to add support for VS2012)
$ cd ta-lib-code/ta-lib/c/make/gen_make
$ perl ./
$ # cd ta-lib-code/ta-lib/c/make/cmr && make --> compile the code (no install)
$ cd ~/dev/ta-lib-code/tools
# Depending upon your platform you may need to make minor changes to this script:
$ perl ./ -version 0.4.X -source ../ta-lib/c
$ cd ~/ta-lib-0.4.X-work/dist
# the installable source package will be here, and if you wanted, the deb/rpm
# packages then see and the
# README/comments in the src