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zmq package that compiles its own ØMQ / 0MQ / ZeroMQ

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This package combines the zmq Python package with a bundled copy of ØMQ so that you do not have to install ØMQ separately on your system. This version combines:

On Linux and MacOS systems (but not on Windows or FreeBSD), the libuuid library code is also compiled in:

PyZMQ is the official interface between Python and the ØMQ messaging library. The official distribution is called pyzmq on PyPI, and is maintained by Brian E. Granger.

This pyzmq-static distribution was created by Brandon Craig Rhodes after he became frustrated with having to install both libuuid-dev and ZeroMQ itself on every machine where he then wanted to install pyzmq. Whether you use Linux or Windows, this package should download and compile with a quick pip install without requiring any dependencies beyond the normal tools for building Python extension modules at all (which are, specifically, the GNU C and C++ compilers for POSIX systems, and the free Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express for Windows machines).


2011-06-15 — — Fixed compilation under Windows.
2011-05-22 — 2.1.7 — ØMQ and PyZMQ 2.1.7.
2011-04-02 — 2.1.4 — ØMQ 2.1.4; PyZMQ 2.1.1; util-linux-ng 2.19.
2010-11-17 — 2.0.10 — ØMQ 2.0.10; FreeBSD support.
2010-09-27 — 2.0.8 — Mac OS X support.
2010-09-15 — 2.0.7a — World debut!


This package uses a “” file, which Brandon Craig Rhodes happily offers under a BSD license, to build a shared library built from three different source distributions. To use the result, you must adhere to the licensing terms of all three pieces of software, which are as follows:

  • The UUID routines from “util-linux-ng”: BSD

  • The “zeromq” source: LGPL

  • The “pyzmq” source: LGPL

So, okay, those are not very restrictive licensing terms. But still. See the source files themselves for more information. And thanks to Jeff Garbers for helping me get the package working on MacOS X; to Tyler Tarabula for the FreeBSD support; and to Benjamin RK for helping me rewrite when PyZMQ split from being one C extension to almost a dozen!


The source of pyzmq-static lives at Bitbucket:

You can report bugs and problems, which Bitbucket euphemistically calls “issues”, here:

The development tree is accompanied by a small shell script that re-fetches all of the original source distributions for ØMQ, pyzmq, and libuuid, and rebuilds the include and src directories using the original files. When new versions of these dependencies come out, I update the script, tweak the result until it compiles cleanly under Linux and Windows, and release a new version of pyzmq-static.

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