Using a java library from python

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You could also use Py4J. There is an example on the frontpage and lots of documentation, but essentially, you just call Java methods from your python code as if they were python methods:

>>> from py4j.java_gateway import JavaGateway
>>> gateway = JavaGateway()                        # connect to the JVM
>>> java_object = gateway.jvm.mypackage.MyClass()  # invoke constructor
>>> other_object = java_object.doThat()
>>> other_object.doThis(1,'abc')
>>>'Hello World!') # call a static method

As opposed to Jython, Py4J runs in the Python VM so it is always “up to date” with the latest version of Python and you can use libraries that do not run well on Jython (e.g., lxml). The communication is done through sockets instead of JNI.

Disclaimer: I am the author of Py4J

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