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fifi 2.0.1

Finite Field Library


fifi-python contains a set of high-level python bindings for the Fifi Finite Field C++ library. The bindings provide access to the arithmetic operations provided by Fifi.


If you wish to use this library, please obtain a valid license. To do so you must fill out the license request form.

This project is available under a research- and educational-friendly license, see the details in the LICENSE.rst file.


We provide a pip package for easy installation of the fifi-python library.

To install this you’ll need python and pip installed:

Depending on your platform, additional requirements may be needed. This is due to the fact that we only provide pre-built versions for some specific configurations, but not all.

This table shows which platforms are supported by a wheel (pre-built) and which are supported by a source package.

Platform / Python version MacOS X 64-bit Linux 32-bit Linux 64-bit Windows 32-bit Windows 64-bit
Python 2.7 32-bit
Wheel Wheel
Python 2.7 64-bit Wheel
Python 3.4 32-bit
Source Source
Python 3.4 64-bit Source

If we do not have a pre-built version for your configuration, you’ll need the requirements specified in Requirements for Building From Source (see below) to install the package.

The next steps will be platform-dependent.

Linux / Mac

When you are ready to install the package, you can simply type:

sudo pip install fifi


To enable the use of pip from the command line, ensure that the Scripts subdirectory of your Python installation is available on the system PATH. (This is not done automatically.)

When you are ready to install the package, you can simply type:

pip install fifi

Requirements for Building From Source

Depending on your platform, different steps are needed for building fifi-python.

Please note that a recent C++11 compiler is required. The compilers used by Steinwurf are listed on the buildbot page.


These steps may not work with your specific Linux distribution, but they may guide you in the right direction.

First, acquire the required packages from your package management system:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python git build-essential libpython-dev

If you are using Python 3, you’ll need to install libpython3-dev instead.


Follow this guide to install git.

Install Xcode and Command-line Tools from the Mac Store.


Install Python 2.7 32-bit and Visual Studio 2013 (Express). Now set the following environment variable VS90COMNTOOLS to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\

so that Python distutils can detect your new compiler.

Building From Source

Now that you have all requirements, you are ready to clone, configure and build the project:

git clone

configure and build the project:

cd fifi-python
python waf configure
python waf build

Now the project is built and you should be able to find the resulting file here (the actual path and extension is dependent on your OS and python version.):


You can add this path to your PYTHONPATH and import the module in your Python script:

>>> import fifi
File Type Py Version Uploaded on Size
fifi-2.0.1-cp27-none-macosx_10_9_x86_64.whl (md5) Python Wheel 2.7 2015-01-09 294KB
fifi-2.0.1-cp27-none-win32.whl (md5) Python Wheel 2.7 2015-01-09 204KB
fifi-2.0.1-cp27-none-win_amd64.whl (md5) Python Wheel 2.7 2015-01-09 240KB
fifi-2.0.1.tar.gz (md5) Source 2015-01-09 6KB
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