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Godot Python, because you want Python on Godot !

The goal of this project is to provide Python language support as a scripting module for the Godot game engine.


By order of simplicity:

  • Directly download the project from within Godot with the asset library tab.
  • You can also download manually here (CPython backend) and there (for Pypy backend).
  • Finally you can also head to the project release page if you want to only download one specific platform build


To build the project from source, first checkout the repo or download the latest tarball.


On a fresh Ubuntu install, you will need to install these:

$ apt install build-essential scons python3 python3-pip curl git
$ pip3 install virtualenv --user

If you are using CPython as your backend, you will need additional libraries to build from source. The simplest way is to uncomment the main deb-src in /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb-src artful main

and instruct apt to install the needed packages:

$ apt update
$ apt build-dep python3.6

See the Python Developer's Guide for instructions on additional platforms.


With MacOS, you will need XCode installed and install the command line tools.

$ xcode-select --install

If you are using CPython as your backend, you will need openssl. To install with Homebrew:

$ brew install openssl

You will also need virtualenv for your python.

Running the build

From your godot-python directory:

For Linux:

godot-python$ scons platform=x11-64 backend=cpython release

For Windows:

godot-python$ scons platform=windows-64 backend=cpython release

For MacOS, you will need to customize our cpp to use clang. Your final command will look like:

godot-python$ scons platform=osx-64 backend=cpython gdnative_parse_cpp="clang -E" release

Valid platforms are x11-64, x11-32, windows-64, windows-32 and osx-64. Check Travis or Appveyor links above to see the current status of your platform.

Valid backends are cpython, pypy.

This command will download the pinned version of the Godot GDNative wrapper library (defined in SConstruct and platform specific SCSub files). It will then download a pinned pypy release binary or checkout cpython, move to a pinned commit and build cpython from source. It will generate the CFFI bindings and compile the shared library for your platform. The output of this command is a zip file which are shared on the release page.

Testing your build

godot-python$ scons platform=<platform> backend=<backend> test

This will run pytests defined in tests/bindings inside the Godot environment. If not present, will download a precompiled Godot binary (defined in SConstruct and platform specific SCSub files) to and set the correct library path for the GDNative wrapper.

Running the example project

godot-python$ scons platform=<platform> backend=cpython example

This will run the converted pong example in examples/pong inside the Godot environment. If not present, will download a precompiled Godot binary (defined in SConstruct) to and set the correct library path for the GDNative wrapper.

Using a local Godot version

If you have a pre-existing version of godot, you can instruct the build script to use that the static library and binary for building and tests.

godot-python$ scons platform=x11-64 backend=cpython godot_binary=../godot/bin/godot.x11.opt.64 gdnative_wrapper_lib=../godot/modules/include/libgdnative_wrapper_code.x11.opt.64.a

Additional build options

You check out all the build options in this file.



# Explicit is better than implicit
from godot import exposed, export
from godot.bindings import Node2D, Vector2

class Player(Node2D):
        This is the file's main class which will be made available to Godot. This
        class must inherit from `godot.Node` or any of its children (i.g.

        Because Godot scripts only accept file paths, you can't have two `exposed` classes in the same file.
        # Exposed class can define some attributes as export(<type>) to achieve
        # similar goal than GDSscript's `export` keyword
        name = export(str)

        # Can export property as well
        def age(self):
                return self._age

        def age(self, value):
                self._age = value

        # All methods are exposed to Godot
        def talk(self, msg):
                print("I'm saying %s" % msg)

        def _ready(self):
                # Don't confuse `__init__` with Godot's `_ready`!
                self._age = 42
                # Of course you can access property & methods defined in the parent
                name = self.get_name()
                print('%s position x=%s, y=%s' % (name, self.position.x, self.position.y))


class Helper:
        Othes classes are considered helpers and cannot be called from outside
        Python. However they can be imported from another python module.

Technical internals

The project is built with the awesome CFFI. Before that, both Micropython and Pybind11 have been tried, but each comes with its own drawback (basically API complexity and compatibility for Micropython, C++ craziness and output size for Pybind11) so they just couldn't compete with CFFI ;-)

CFFI connects with Godot C APIs: - GDnative for calling Godot functions - Pluginscript for registering callback function for Godot CFFI connects to Godot C

Map of the code:

  • pythonscript.[c|h]: Godot Pluginscript entry point.
  • cffi_bindings/api.h & cffi_bindings/api_struct.h: Exposed C api use in the language classes implementations.
  • cffi_bindings/* Python code that will be verbatim included in the pythonscript module.
  • cffi_bindings/builtin_* Python binding for Godot builtins
  • cffi_bindings/ Very first Python code that will be executed on module loading.
  • cffi_bindings/ Python godot module code.
  • cffi_bindings/ Python godot.bindings module code.
  • cffi_bindings/cdef.gen.h: C Godot's GDnative API ready to be used by the CFFI generator. This file is generated by tools/
  • cffi_bindings/pythonscriptcffi.cpp: Pythonscript module output by the CFFI generator. This file is generated by cffi_bindings/


How can I debug my project with PyCharm?

This can be done using "Attach to Local Process", but first you have to change the Godot binary filename to include python, for example Godot_v3.0.2-stable_win64.exe to python_Godot_v3.0.2-stable_win64.exe. For more detailed guide and explanation see this external blog post.

How can I autoload a python script without attaching it to a Node?

In your project.godot file, add the following section:


In addition to the usual:

singletons=[ "res://pythonscript.gdnlib" ]

You can use any name for the python file and the class name autoloadpy.

Then can expose a Node:

from godot import exposed, export
from godot.bindings import *

class autoload(Node):

    def hi(self, to):
        return 'Hello %s from Python !' % to

which can then be called from your gdscript code as an attribute of the autoloadpy class (use the name defined in your project.godot):


How can I efficiently access PoolArrays?

PoolIntArray, PoolFloatArray, PoolVector3Array and the other pool arrays can't be accessed directly because they must be locked in memory first. Use the arr.raw_access() context manager to lock it:

arr = PoolIntArray() # create the array

with arr.raw_access() as ptr:
    for i in range(10000):
        ptr[i] = i # this is fast

# read access:
with arr.raw_access() as ptr:
    for i in range(10000):
        assert ptr[i] == i # so is this

See the godot-python issue.