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Python bindings for deltachat-core using CFFI

Project description

This package provides bindings to the deltachat-core C-library which provides imap/smtp/crypto handling as well as chat/group/messages handling to Android, Desktop and IO user interfaces.


  1. First you need to install the delta-core C-library.

  2. Install virtualenv if you don’t have it, then create and use a fresh clean python environment:

    virtualenv -p python3 venv
    source venv/bin/activate

    Afterwards invoking python or pip install will only modify files in your venv directory.

  3. Install the bindings with pip:

    pip install deltachat

    Afterwards you should be able to successfully import the bindings:

    python -c "import deltachat"

You may now look at examples.

Running tests

Get a checkout of the deltachat-core github repository and type:

cd python
pip install tox

If you want to run functional tests that run against real e-mail accounts, generate a “liveconfig” file where each lines contains account settings, for example:

# 'liveconfig' file specifying imap/smtp accounts mail_pw=password mail_pw=otherpassword

And then run the tests with this live-accounts config file:

tox -- --liveconfig liveconfig

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