autowrap 0.6.2

Wrap existing D code for use in other languages

To use this package, run the following command in your project's root directory:

Manual usage
Put the following dependency into your project's dependences section:

This package provides sub packages which can be used individually:

autowrap:common - Common functionality for autowrap

autowrap:reflection - Reflect on modules to access functions and data types

autowrap:python - The default backend for wrapping D code for Python

autowrap:pyd - Wrap existing D code for use in python using pyd

autowrap:excel - Wrap existing D code for use in Excel

autowrap:csharp - Wrap existing D code for use in .NET projects.


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Wrap existing D code for use in other environments such as Python, Excel, and .NET.


To build and test all the code, run ci/


There are projects already to make it possible to use D code from Python and from Excel.

In PyD, the functions and data structures must be registered manually, and while the same isn't true of excel-d, the latter wraps everything in the modules reflected on. When writing code specifically for Excel, that is clearly what the user wants (and if not it can be made private). When wrapping pre-existing D code, however, it makes sense to opt-in instead by requiring functions to be wrapped to be marked export. If one wants to wrap all functions regardless of export, use version=AutowrapAlwaysExport.

There is ppyd that makes the effort required to use pyd a lot less but that requires using a UDA. Again, when writing code specifically for Python use this makes sense, but adds a dependency that "dirties" pre-existing D code.

This dub package makes it possible to wrap pre-existing D code "from the outside", imposing no dependencies on the aforementioned body of work.

autowrap also does away with the boilerplate necessary to creating a Python extension with PyD. Things should just work.

To wrap for Python, make a dub dynamicLibrary project with one file:

import autowrap.python;
        Modules("my.module1", "my.module2", /* ... */),

Assuming the dub package name is also "mylibrary", you should get If the former, rename it to and you'll be able to use it from Python:

import mylibrary


The camelCase D functions are wrapped by snake_case Python functions, but struct members have the same names.

It is also possible to wrap all functions regardless of their export status on a module-by-module basis. To do so, instead of using a string to designate the module, do this instead:

Modules("my.module1", Module("my.module2", Yes.alwaysExport))

To wrap for Excel:

import autowrap.excel;

        "my.module1", "my.module2", /* ... */

The camelCase D functions will be PascalCase in Excel.

Python versions

Since autowrap depends on PyD, the version of python to use must be specified. You can either specify the configuration explicity, e.g. subConfiguration "autowrap:python" "python36" or you can use the default env configuration. In order to build using the env configuration your must first set the relevant environment variables using the pyd_set_env_vars.{sh,bat} scripts, which you can copy to your current working directory by running dub run pyd:setup. See the pyd docs for more information.

.NET Support

Autowrap can also generate C# bindings to D libraries. Generating bindings for C# is a two-step process. First we must generate a C# compatible C-interface for the D library, then we build and run a version of the library that emits the corresponding C# interface code.

What Works:

  • Module Functions
  • Primitive Types
  • string
  • wstring
  • dstring
  • byte
  • ubyte
  • short
  • ushort
  • int
  • uint
  • long
  • ulong
  • float
  • double
  • Structs
  • Fields
  • Properties
  • Methods
  • Classes
  • Constructors
  • Fields
  • Properties
  • Methods

1-Dimensional Ranges are implemented but only lightly tested and may not work in all cases. Higher dimensional ranges are not supported.

Generating .NET Interfaces

To generate the C-interface use the following example replacing "csharp" with the dub name of your library (ex: csharp builds to and replace "csharp.library" with the name of the module you want to wrap.

import csharp.library;
import autowrap.csharp;


To generate the C# interface use the emitCSharp mixin as follows to dump the output to a location of your choice. This mixin creates a void main() function that will need to be executed by running the code. (This is due to the inability of CTFE to write files to the disk.)


Full Example

module csharp.wrapper;

import csharp.library;
import autowrap.csharp;

immutable Modules modules = Modules(Module("test"));


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Sub packages:
autowrap:common, autowrap:reflection, autowrap:python, autowrap:pyd, autowrap:pynih, autowrap:excel, autowrap:csharp
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