Welcome to Python-flavored Magnum! Please note that, while already being rather stable, this functionality is still considered experimental and some APIs might get changed without preserving full backwards compatibility.

Downloading and building

Installation guide for the Python bindings.

Building of Python bindings is a similar process to building Magnum itself with an additional step involving Python setuptools. Minimal set of tools and libraries required for building is:

  • C++ compiler with good C++11 support. Compilers which are tested to have everything needed are GCC >= 4.8.1, Clang >= 3.3 and MSVC >= 2015. On Windows you can also use MinGW-w64.
  • CMake >= 3.1
  • Corrade and Magnum installed as described in their docs
  • Python >= 3.5 and pybind11

Prepared packages

ArchLinux packages

In package/archlinux there is a development package, similar to the ones in Magnum itself. They allow you to build and install the package directly from the source tree.

git clone git://github.com/mosra/magnum-bindings && cd magnum-bindings
cd package/archlinux
makepkg -fp PKGBUILD

The PKGBUILD also contains a check() function which will run all unit tests before packaging. That might sometimes fail or take too long, pass --nocheck to makepkg to skip that.

Once built, install the package using pacman:

sudo pacman -U magnum-bindings-*.pkg.tar.zst

Homebrew formulas for macOS

macOS Homebrew formulas building the latest Git revision are in the package/homebrew directory. Either use the *.rb files directly or use the tap at https://github.com/mosra/homebrew-magnum. Right now, there’s no stable release of Python bindings yet, so you need to install the latest Git revision of all Magnum projects instead:

brew install --HEAD mosra/magnum/corrade
brew install --HEAD mosra/magnum/magnum
brew install --HEAD mosra/magnum/magnum-bindings

When installing from the *.rb files you need to install the Corrade and Magnum Homebrew packages first. If you want to pass additional flags to CMake or setup.py or enable / disable additional features, edit the *.rb file.

There are also Homebrew packages for Magnum Plugins, Magnum Integration, Magnum Extras and Magnum Examples.

Manual build

The source is available on GitHub at https://github.com/mosra/magnum-bindings. Clone the repository with your favorite IDE or Git GUI, download currrent snapshot as a compressed archive or use the command line:

git clone git://github.com/mosra/magnum-bindings.git

Assuming a Unix-based OS, the first step is to build the native libraries. The bindings will be generated for all Corrade and Magnum libraries that are found, ignoring the ones which aren’t. If Corrade, Magnum and pybind11 are not in a default location known to CMake, add their path to CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH.

mkdir build && cd build
cmake .. \

Note that pybind11 compilation is quite time- and memory-hungry, so you might not want to run the build on all cores on memory-constrained systems. In the build directory, CMake will create the desired Python package layout, meaning the bindings can be used directly if you cd into build/src/python/magnum. For installing into a system-wide location, CMake generates a setup.py containing location of all built libraries for use with Python setuptools:

cd build/src/python/magnum
python setup.py install # or python3, sudo might be needed

Static build

In case Corrade or Magnum is built with CORRADE_BUILD_STATIC / MAGNUM_BUILD_STATIC, the corresponding bindings are compiled into a single dynamic module instead of one module per Corrade/Magnum library.

Running unit tests

Essential functionality of the bindings is tested using Python’s builtin unittest module. The tests currently assume a CMake build directory with all binaries already built located in a build/ directory in project root, running them is then a matter of:

cd src/python/magnum
python -m unittest

For code coverage, coverage.py is used. Get it via pip or as a system package.

pip install coverage # sudo might be needed

Running the unit tests with coverage enabled is then a matter of executing the following commands, the resulting HTML overview is located in htmlcov/index.html:

cd src/python/magnum
coverage run -m unittest
coverage html

Continuous Integration

In package/ci/ there is a travis.yml file that compiles and tests the bindings on Linux GCC 4.8 + CMake 3.1 and on macOS, online at https://travis-ci.org/mosra/magnum-bindings. For Windows there is an appveyor.yml testing on Windows with MSVC 2017 and 2019, online at https://ci.appveyor.com/project/mosra/magnum-bindings. Code coverage for both the C++ bindings code and Python side is reported to https://codecov.io/gh/mosra/magnum-bindings.