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A simple wrapper around inotify. No fancy bells and whistles, just a literal wrapper with ctypes. Only 95 lines of code!

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inotify_init() is wrapped as a class that does little more than hold the resulting inotify file descriptor. A read() method is provided which reads available data from the file descriptor and returns events as namedtuples after unpacking them with the struct module. inotify_add_watch() and inotify_rm_watch() are wrapped with no changes at all, taking and returning watch descriptor integers that calling code is expected to keep track of itself, just as one would use inotify from C. Works with Python 2 or 3.

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to install inotify_simple, run:

$ pip install inotify_simple

or to install from source:

$ python install

Note: If on Python < 3.4, you’ll need the backported enum34 module (

inotify_simple is a small amount of code and unlikely to change much in the future until inotify itself or Python changes, so you can also just copy and paste it into your project to avoid the extra dependency with pretty low risk.

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