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What is it?

Pythran is a Python to c++ compiler for a subset of the Python language, with a focus on scientific computing. It takes a Python module annotated with a few interface description and turns it into a native python module with the same interface, but (hopefully) faster.

It is meant to efficiently compile scientific programs, and takes advantage of multi-cores and SIMD instruction units.

Pythran supports Python 2.7 and also has a beta Python 3 support.


Pythran sources are hosted on https://github.com/serge-sans-paille/pythran.

Pythran releases are hosted on http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pythran.

Pythran is available through Conda on https://conda.anaconda.org/serge-sans-paille.


Using pip

  1. Gather dependencies:

    Pythran depends on a few Python modules and several C++ libraries. On a debian-like platform, run:

    $> sudo apt-get install libgmp-dev libatlas-base-dev
    $> sudo apt-get install python-dev python-ply python-networkx python-numpy
  2. Use easy_install or pip:

    $> pip install pythran

Using a private debian repo

  1. Add serge_sans_paille's debian server to your source.list, following the instruction given in http://serge.liyun.free.fr/serge/debian.html

  2. Run the classic:

    $> sudo apt-get update
    $> sudo apt-get install pythran

Using conda

  1. Install conda, following the instruction given in http://conda.pydata.org/docs/install/quick.html

  2. Run:

    $> conda install -c serge-sans-paille pythran


Using brew (http://brew.sh/):

$> brew install gmp
$> brew install cmake

$> easy_install pip

$> pip install numpy pythran

Depending on your setup, you may need to add the following to your \~/.pythranrc`` file:



Using yaourt:

$> yaourt -S python2-pythran-git


Using WinPython (http://winpython.github.io), start the WinPython prompt and run:

% pip install pythran

Other Platform

See MANUAL file.

Basic Usage

A simple pythran input could be dprod.py:

Naive dotproduct! Pythran supports numpy.dot
#pythran export dprod(int list, int list)
def dprod(l0,l1):
    """WoW, generator expression, zip and sum."""
    return sum(x * y for x, y in zip(l0, l1))

To turn it into a native module, run:

$> pythran dprod.py

That will generate a native dprod.so that can be imported just like the former module:

$> python -c 'import dprod' # this imports the native module instead


The user documentation is available in the MANUAL file from the doc directory.

The developer documentation is available in the DEVGUIDE file from the doc directory. The also is a TUTORIAL file for those who don't like reading documentation.

A todo list is maintained in the eponymous TODO file.

The CLI documentation is available from the pythran help command:

$> pythran --help

Some extra developer documentation is also available using pydoc. Beware, this is the computer science incarnation for the famous Where's Waldo? game:

$> pydoc pythran
$> pydoc pythran.typing


See the pythran/tests/cases/ directory from the sources.


Praise, flame and cookies:

The mailing list archive is available at http://www.freelists.org/archive/pythran/.


See AUTHORS file.


See LICENSE file.