A meta-package for building a version of Python that can be embedded into an iOS project.
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It has been replaced by the multi-platform Python-Apple-support package

Python iOS Support

This is a meta-package for building a version of Python that can be embedded into an iOS, tvOS or watchOS project.

It works by downloading, patching, and building a fat binary OpenSSL and Python, and packaging them both in iOS Framework format.

The binaries support the $(ARCHS_STANDARD) set - that is, armv7 and arm64 for iOS devices, arm64 for appleTV devices, and armv7k for watchOS. This should enable the code to run on:

  • iPhone
    • iPhone 4s
    • iPhone 5
    • iPhone 5c
    • iPhone 5s
    • iPhone 6
    • iPhone 6 Plus
    • iPhone 6s
    • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad
    • iPad 2
    • iPad (3rd gen)
    • iPad (4th gen)
    • iPad Air
    • iPad Air 2
    • iPad retina
  • iPad Mini
    • iPad Mini (1st gen)
    • iPad Mini 2
    • iPad Mini 3
    • iPad Mini 4
  • iPod Touch
    • iPod Touch (4th gen)
    • iPod Touch (5th gen)
    • iPod Touch (6th gen)
  • Apple TV
    • 4th gen
  • Apple Watch

This repository branch builds a packaged version of Python 3.5.1. Other Python versions are available by cloning other branches of the main repository.


Pre-built versions of the frameworks can be downloaded for iOS, for tvOS, and for watchOS, and added to your project.

Alternatively, to build the frameworks on your own, download/clone this repository, and then in the root directory, and run:

  • make (or make all) to build everything.
  • make iOS to build everything for iOS.
  • make tvOS to build everything for tvOS.
  • make watchOS to build everything for watchOS.

This should:

  1. Download the original source packages
  2. Patch them as required for compatibility with the selected OS
  3. Build the packages as XCode-compatible frameworks.

The build products will be in the build directory; the compiled frameworks will be in the dist directory.


The approach to framework packaging is drawn from Jeff Verkoeyen, and Ernesto García's tutorials.