[zeromq-dev] ctypes python bindings

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Sat Feb 19 06:22:27 CET 2011

Anyone else interested in ctypes style ZeroMQ 2.1.0 bindings for Python?

I wanted to play with ZeroMQ in pypy and I didn't feel like writing a
version of Cython that compiles to Python, so I made a little ctypes
binding: http://paste.lisp.org/display/119829 .

One way to finish this would be to take the pyzmq unit tests and make them
pass with this code but I probably don't need more than a tiny subset of
those conveniences.

Without the higher-level pyzmq wrappers the code winds up looking very much
like the C version. Unlike the C version the return values are checked and
will raise an exception if ZeroMQ sets errno.

from _zmq import *
context = zmq_init(1)
responder = zmq_socket(context, REP)
zmq_bind(responder, "tcp://*:5555")

while True:
    request = zmq_msg_t()
    zmq_recv(responder, byref(request), 0)

    data = zmq_msg_data(request)
    size = zmq_msg_size(request)
    print "Received message: %s" % (ctypes.string_at(data, size))

    # ... etc
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