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       python-config - output build options for python C/C++ extensions or embedding


       python-config  [  --prefix  ]  [  --exec-prefix ] [ --includes ] [ --libs ] [ --cflags ] [
       --ldflags ] [ --help ]


       python-config helps compiling and linking programs, which embed the Python interpreter, or
       extension modules that can be loaded dynamically (at run time) into the interpreter.


              print the C compiler flags.

              print the flags that should be passed to the linker.

              similar to --cflags but only with -I options (path to python header files).

       --libs similar to --ldflags but only with -l options (used libraries).

              prints the prefix (base directory) under which python can be found.

              print the prefix used for executable program directories (such as bin, sbin, etc).

       --help print the usage message.


       To build the singe-file c program prog against the python library, use

              gcc $(python-config --cflags --ldflags) progr.cpp -o progr.cpp

       The same in a makefile:

              CFLAGS+=$(shell python-config --cflags)
              LDFLAGS+=$(shell python-config --ldflags)
              all: progr

       To build a dynamically loadable python module, use

              gcc $(python-config --cflags --ldflags) -shared -fPIC progr.cpp -o


       python (1)


       This  manual page was written by Johann Felix Soden <> for the Debian project
       (and may be used by others).

                                        November 27, 2011                        PYTHON-CONFIG(1)