Extending Python With C Libraries and the “ctypes” Module

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An end-to-end tutorial of how to extend your Python programs with libraries written in C, using the built-in “ctypes” module.

Python ctypes Tutorial

The built-in ctypes module is a powerful feature in Python, allowing you to use existing libraries in other languages by writting simple wrappers in Python itself.

Unfortunately it can be a bit tricky to use. In this article we’ll explore some of the basics of ctypes. We’ll cover:

  • Loading C libraries
  • Calling a simple C function
  • Passing mutable and…

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