Interface Python with pkg-config

pip install pkgconfig==1.5.5



pkgconfig is a Python module to interface with the pkg-config command line tool for Python 3.3+.

It can be used to

  • find all pkg-config packages

    >>> packages = pkgconfig.list_all()
  • check if a package exists

    >>> pkgconfig.exists('glib-2.0')
  • check if a package meets certain version requirements

    >>> pkgconfig.installed('glib-2.0', '< 2.26')
  • return the version

    >>> pkgconfig.modversion('glib-2.0')
  • query CFLAGS and LDFLAGS

    >>> pkgconfig.cflags('glib-2.0')
    '-I/usr/include/glib-2.0 -I/usr/lib/glib-2.0/include'
    >>> pkgconfig.libs('glib-2.0')
  • get all variables defined for a package:

    >>> pkgconfig.variables('glib-2.0')
    {u'exec_prefix': u'/usr'}
  • parse the output to build extensions with

    >>> d = pkgconfig.parse('glib-2.0 gtk+-2.0')
    >>> d['libraries']
    [u'gtk+-2.0', u'glib-2.0']


    >>> ext = Extension('foo', ['foo.c'])
    >>> # sets extension attributes as needed
    >>> pkgconfig.configure_extension(ext, 'glib-2.0 gtk+-2.0')

    The pkgconfig.parse function returns a dictonary of lists. The lists returned are accurate representations of the equivalent pkg-config call's result, both in content and order.

If pkg-config is not on the path, raises EnvironmentError.

The pkgconfig module is licensed under the MIT license.


Version 1.5.4

  • Adjust pyproject.toml and drop Python 2 support

Version 1.5.3

  • Add configure_extension API

Version 1.5.2

  • Update poetry dep
  • Improve CI

Version 1.5.0

  • Use poetry instead of setuptools directly
  • Fix #42: raise exception if package is missing
  • Fix version parsing for openssl-like version numbers, fixes #32
  • Fix #31: expose --modversion
  • Fix #30: strip whitespace from variable names

Version 1.4.0

  • Add boolean static keyword to output private libraries as well
  • Raise original OSError as well

Version 1.3.1

  • Fix compatibility problems with Python 2.6

Version 1.3.0

  • Add variables() API to query defined variables
  • Disable Python 3.2 and enable Python 3.5 and 3.6 tests
  • Fix #16: handle spaces of values in .pc files correctly

Version 1.2.1 and 1.2.2

Bug fix releases released on December 1st and 2nd 2016.

  • Include the data folder in the distribution in order to run tests
  • Improve the tests

Version 1.2.0

Released on November 30th 2016.

  • Potential break: switch from result set to list
  • Expose --list-all query
  • Added support for PKG_CONFIG environment variable

Version 1.1.0

Released on November 6th 2013.

  • Multiple packages can now be parsed with a single call to .parse.

Version 1.0.0

First release on September 8th 2013.