deltachat python bindings¶
This package provides bindings to the deltachat-core Rust -library which implements IMAP/SMTP/MIME/PGP e-mail standards and offers a low-level Chat/Contact/Message API to user interfaces and bots.
Installing pre-built packages (Linux-only)¶
If you have a Linux system you may try to install the
deltachat binary “wheel” packages
without any “build-from-source” steps.
Otherwise you need to compile the Delta Chat bindings yourself.
We recommend to first install virtualenv, then create a fresh Python virtual environment and activate it in your shell:
virtualenv venv # or: python -m venv source venv/bin/activate
pip install only
modifies files in your
venv directory and leaves
your system installation alone.
For Linux, we automatically build wheels for all github PR branches
and push them to a python package index. To install the latest
pip install --pre -i https://m.devpi.net/dc/master deltachat
To verify it worked:
python -c "import deltachat"
If you can help to automate the building of wheels for Mac or Windows, that’d be much appreciated! please then get in contact with us.
After successful binding installation you can install a few more Python packages before running the tests:
python -m pip install pytest pytest-xdist pytest-timeout pytest-rerunfailures requests pytest -v tests
This will run all “offline” tests and skip all functional end-to-end tests that require accounts on real e-mail servers.
running “live” tests with temporary accounts¶
If you want to run live functional tests you can set
With this, pytest runs create ephemeral e-mail accounts on the http://testrun.org server. These accounts exists for one 1hour and then are removed completely. One hour is enough to invoke pytest and run all offline and online tests:
# or if you have installed pytest-xdist for parallel test execution pytest -n6
Each test run creates new accounts.
Installing bindings from source (Updated: July 2020)¶
Install Rust and Cargo first. The easiest is probably to use rustup.
Bootstrap Rust and Cargo by using rustup:
curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh
Then clone the deltachat-core-rust repo:
git clone https://github.com/deltachat/deltachat-core-rust cd deltachat-core-rust
To install the Delta Chat Python bindings make sure you have Python3 installed. E.g. on Debian-based systems apt install python3 python3-pip python3-venv should give you a usable python installation.
Ensure you are in the deltachat-core-rust/python directory, create the virtual environment and activate it in your shell:
cd python python3 -m venv venv # or: virtualenv venv source venv/bin/activate
You should now be able to build the python bindings using the supplied script:
The core compilation and bindings building might take a while, depending on the speed of your machine. The bindings will be installed in release mode but with debug symbols. The release mode is currently necessary because some tests generate RSA keys which is prohibitively slow in non-release mode.
Building manylinux based wheels¶
Building portable manylinux wheels which come with libdeltachat.so can be done with docker-tooling.
using docker pull / premade images¶
We publish a build environment under the
deltachat/coredeps tag so
that you can pull it from the
hub.docker.com site’s “deltachat”
$ docker pull deltachat/coredeps
This docker image can be used to run tests and build Python wheels for all interpreters:
$ docker run -e DCC_NEW_TMP_EMAIL \ --rm -it -v \$(pwd):/mnt -w /mnt \ deltachat/coredeps ci_scripts/run_all.sh
Optionally build your own docker image¶
If you want to build your own custom docker image you can do this:
$ cd deltachat-core # cd to deltachat-core checkout directory $ docker build -t deltachat/coredeps ci_scripts/docker_coredeps
This will use the
ci_scripts/docker_coredeps/Dockerfile to build
up docker image called
deltachat/coredeps. You can afterwards
find it with:
$ docker images
On more recent systems running the docker image may crash. You can
fix this by adding
vsyscall=emulate to the Linux kernel boot
arguments commandline. E.g. on Debian you’d add this to