zipextimporter.py contains the ZipExtImporter class which allows to load Python binary extension modules contained in a zip.archive, without unpacking them to the file system.

Call the zipextimporter.install() function to install the import hook, add a zip-file containing .pyd or .dll extension modules to sys.path, and import them.

It contains a _memimporter.pyd extension which uses code from Joachim Bauch's MemoryModule library. This library emulates the win32 api function LoadLibrary.


LGPL (because that's what MemoryModule uses).

Sample usage

>>> import zipextimporter
>>> zipextimporter.install()
>>> import sys
>>> sys.path.append("lib.zip")
>>> import _socket
>>> _socket.__file__
>>> _socket.__loader__
<ZipExtensionImporter at a74480>


reload() on already imported extension modules does not work correctly: It happily loads the extension a second time.

zipextimporter doesn't yet work for extensions in packages, but I have a fix for that.


Sourcecode memimporter-0.0.1.zip

Installer for Python 2.3 memimporter-0.0.1-win32.py2.3.exe

Installer for Python 2.4 memimporter-0.0.1-win32.py2.4.exe

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Hacks/ZipExtImporter (last edited 2015-03-30 19:50:22 by JimmyRetzlaff)