SIP is a tool for generating bindings for C++ classes so that they can be accessed as normal Python classes. SIP takes many of its ideas from SWIG but, because it is specifically designed for C++ and Python, is able to generate tighter bindings. SIP is so called because it is a small SWIG.
sip-3.1: description + notes
SIP was originally designed to generate Python bindings for KDE and so has explicit support for the signal slot mechanism used by the Qt/KDE class libraries. However, SIP can be used to generate Python bindings for any C++ class library.
The bindings generated by SIP support access to the following C++ and Qt features:
- connecting Qt signals to Python functions and class methods
- connecting Python signals to Qt slots
- overloading virtual member functions with Python class methods
- protected member functions
- abstract classes
- enumerated types
- global class instances
- static member functions.
This package comprises the SIP binary that generates the C++ code, a couple of header files that are needed compile the generated C++ code, and a run-time library that is needed by any set of compiled bindings.
For more information see the SIP home page.
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