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The Boost.Python Library binds C++ and Python in a mostly-seamless fashion. It is just one member of the boost C++ library collection at http://www.boost.org.

Use the Boost Python Library to quickly and easily export C++ to Python such that the Python interface is very similar to the C++ interface. It is designed to be minimally intrusive on your C++ design. In most cases, you should not have to alter your C++ classes in any way in order to use them with Boost.Python. The system should simply ''reflect'' your C++ classes and functions into Python. Boost.Python bindings are written in pure C++, using no tools other than your editor and your C++ compiler.

The Python [http://www.python.org/sigs/c++-sig/ C++-sig] serves as a mailing list for users of the library. Documentation for the current release is available on http://www.boost.org/libs/python/doc/index.html. Development documentation, which is usually more up-to-date, is available in the [http://cvs.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/*checkout*/boost/boost/libs/python/doc/index.html Boost CVSWeb] interface.
'''Boost.Python''' binds C++ and Python. Read [[/GettingStarted]] for an introduction.
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 * ["boost.python/FAQ"]
 * ["boost.python/module"] level: def,scope
 * ["boost.python/class"]
 * ["boost.python/extract"]
 * ["boost.python/object"]
 * ["boost.python/list"]
 * ["boost.python/iterator"]
 * [[/GettingStarted]]
 * [[/FAQ]]
 * /HowTo
 * /BuildingExtensions
 * [[/module]] level: def,scope
 * [[/class]]
 * [[/extract]]
 * [[/object]]
 * [[/handle]]
 * [[/list]]
 * [[/iterator]]
 * /CallPolicy
 * /RuntimeErrors
 * /RelatedProjects
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 1. boost.python/SimpleExample
 1. boost.python/ExportingClasses
 1. boost.python/OverridableVirtualFunctions
 1. boost.python/FunctionOverloading
 1. ["boost.python/Inheritance"]
 1. boost.python/SpecialMethod
 1. boost.python/PeekUnderTheHood
 1. boost.python/CrossExtensionModuleDependencies
 1. boost.python/WrappingEnums
 1. boost.python/PointersAndSmartPointers
 1. boost.python/InternalDataStructures
 1. /SimpleExample
 1. /ExportingClasses
 1. /OverridableVirtualFunctions
 1. /FunctionOverloading
 1. [[/Inheritance]]
 1. /SpecialMethods
 1. /PeekUnderTheHood
 1. /CrossExtensionModuleDependencies
 1. /WrappingEnums
 1. /PointersAndSmartPointers
 1. /InternalDataStructures
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From David Abrahams:

Boost.Python is designed with the idea in mind that users never touch a Py``Object*.

Boost.Python depends on quite a few of the other boost libraries (possibly a few others):
 * type_traits
 * bind
 * function
 * mpl
 * smart_ptr

IIUC, ["weave"] can be used for embedding nontrivial C++ code, if you're
willing to stick it all inside one function body. Furthermore, tools like
weave.blitz() can make an enormous difference by compiling an entire C++
expression template corresponding to an arbitrarily complicated Python
expression. Surely that's nontrivial. It's definitely ''cool''. I think weave
offers enormous power to the person who's programming mostly in Python.
Test cases:
 * /StlContainers

Boost.Python binds C++ and Python. Read /GettingStarted for an introduction.

This page serves as a forum to gather peoples' experience and as a cookbook, as it is more dynamic by nature and open to contributors.

Various items:


  1. /SimpleExample

  2. /ExportingClasses

  3. /OverridableVirtualFunctions

  4. /FunctionOverloading

  5. /Inheritance

  6. /SpecialMethods

  7. /PeekUnderTheHood

  8. /CrossExtensionModuleDependencies

  9. /WrappingEnums

  10. /PointersAndSmartPointers

  11. /InternalDataStructures

  12. /EmbeddingPython

Test cases:

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