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waftools 0.1.0

Handy tools for the WAF meta build environment

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Latest Version: 0.4.11


This package contains a collection of tools for the Waf build environment. Following provides a non-exhausting list of functions provided by this package:

  • C/C++ export to makefiles (e.g. make, cmake)
  • C/C++ export to IDE’s (e.g. Code::Blocks, Eclipse, Visual Studio)
  • C/C++ source code checking using cppcheck (including html reports)
  • Create installers using NSIS


The Waf framework provides a meta build system allowing users to create concrete build systems. In contrast to many existing existing build solutions it is very versatile and flexible; out of the box it provides support for building and installation of programs for a myriad of programming languages (C, C++, Java, Python, Fortran, Lua, …), when needed new functions (e.g. source code checking) can be added to a concrete build solution using waf tools which can be imported and used in wscript build files. See the WafBook for a detailed description of Waf itself.

The waftools provides a collection of such tools which, once installed, can be imported and used from any wscript build file on your system.


Follwing provides an example on how the export function from the waftools can be added to (top) level wscript file of a concrete build solution:

import os
import waftools

def options(opt):
        opt.load('export', tooldir=os.path.dirname(waftools.__file__))

def configure(conf):

def build(bld):
        bld.program(target='hello', source='hello.c')

Based on the example above, the meta-data for the program hello can be exported to foreign (build) formats outside of the Waf build environment using the export command:

waf configure
waf export --codeblocks

For more information on using Waf commands and options use:

waf --help
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